Title: Navy Board Contracts, 1660-1832 : Contract Administration under the Navy Board. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Longmans, Green and Co. Ltd., London, 1966,
Seller ID: 102478
POOL, Bernard. Navy Board Contracts, 1660-1832 : Contract Administration under the Navy Board. (London): Longmans, Green and Co. Ltd., (1966). First Printing. Pp. (6),vii-xii,1-158,(2). 8vo, navy blue cloth with gilt letteredlight blue title block to spine. "This is the first detailed study of the Contract side of the work of the Navy Board. The Board was reconstituted byCharles II in 1660, and handled the civic administration of the Navy from then until 1832. Much of this, in particular the purchase of supplies, and to some extent the building and repair of ships, was contracted out. Amongst its members were, in its early days, the diarist Samuel Pepys, perhaps the greatest naval administrator of all time; and, later, Charles Middleton, Lord Barham, who was first Lord of the Admiralty at the time of Trafalgar. The book explains the methods by which supplies were obtained by contract, and shows how the Navy Board handled such recurrent problems as financial stringency, and shortage of labour and materials in times of emergency. The author suggests that the Board's faith in public tender by advertisement was not wholly justified; they were narrow-minded in their attitude towards the purchase of supplies from the Colonies; and they failed to keep standingcontracts under constant review. However, judged by the ultimate test of m eeting the Navy's needs in good time and on the best available terms, the Board served the country well." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. 1660-1688: The Restoration Period; 2. 1688-1714: William III and Anne; 3. 1714-1783; 4. 1783-1832. With bibliography and index. Very good in nicked dustjacket. 60.00