The Queens Regulations and the Admiralty Instructions - 1861
Every Captain or Officer in the command of one of Her Majesty's Ships or Vessels shall keep, and shall transmit quarterly to his Commander-in-chief, or the Secretary of the Admiralty, a list, according to the prescribed form, of every Passenger (not being Naval or Military Passengers embarked on service) that may be received on board.
No passage, at the public expense, is to be given, either abroad or at home, without a special order from the Admiralty; except in any case which should be such as, in the opinion of the Admiralty, to warrant the senior Officer of any of Her Majesty's Ships abroad taking on himself to deviate from this Regulation; any Officer who shall give or order any passage without such authority, will himself be liable for all the expenses incurred.
The usual proportions of provisions may be allowed for every Passenger, and for each Servant received by order, the expense of which will be borne by the Naval Department; besides which, to cover the additional expenses necessarily incurred on such occasions, the Officers, at whose table the Passengers shall be entertained, will be further allowed a sum, according to the rank and number of Passengers, and the length of their stay; except in instances of Passages of Royal Personages, as well as of Foreign Persons of Rank, which will be separately considered.
Ambassadors, and the Viceroy and Governor-General of India, will be paid for personally at the rate of 6l. per diem for the first seven days, and afterwards at 25s. a-day. The individuals composing the suit at 25s.a-day, for each male person above the age of 16; two-thirds of that sum for every female above 16; one-third for such of either sex as shall be between the ages of 7 and 16; and one-fourth for such as may be under 7 years of age, for every day they shall be entertained at the Captain's table.
Other Governors of Her Majesty's Colonies, Ministers Plenipotentiary, Envoys, Commanders-in-chief of Forces (if Generals, Lieutenant-Generals, or Major-Generals), Secretaries of Legation, Charge's d'Affaires, &c., will be paid for personally at the rate of 4l. per diem for the first seven days, and afterwards at 21s. a-day. Governors of small Colonies, Lieutenant-Governors, and Bishops, will be paid at the rate of 3l. per diem for the first seven days, and afterwards at 21s. a-day. The individuals composing the suite at 21s. a-day, for each male person above the age of 16; two-thirds of that sum for every female above 16; one-third for such of either sex as shall be between the ages of 7 and 16; and one-fourth for such as may be under 7 years of age for every day they shall be entertained at the Captain's table.
General Officers, Consuls, and other Individuals entertained at the Captains' table, will be paid for at the rate of 21s. a-day for the first fourteen days, and 15s. a-day afterwards. Field Officers on the Staff, Colonels, and Lieutenant-Colonels will be paid for at the rate of 15s. a-day. Except for the families of Army Officers, two-thirds of the said sums shall be allowed for every Female above 16 years of age: one-third for those of either sex between 7 and 16 years of age; and one-fourth for such as may be under 7 years of age.
Vice-Consuls, Naval Storekeepers, and other Individuals entertained at the table of a Lieutenant commanding a small Vessel, or at the Lieutenants' Mess on board any of Her Majesty's Ships, will be paid for at the rate of 12s. a-day for the first fourteen days; and 9s. a-day afterwards; the same proportionate deductions from the said sums being made as in Article 6, for Females and Children.
Majors not on the Staff, and Officers of the Army below the rank of Field Officers, when embarked on service, with or without their Regiments, and entitled to be provided with passages at the Public Expense are to join the Lieutenants' Mess, and to be paid for at the rate of 9s. a-day each, for the whole time they may be entertained at such Mess; but when the whole number cannot be received at the Lieutenants' Mess, they may be entertained at the table of the Captain, or Commander, and are to be paid for at the rate of 12s. a-day each, for the first fourteen days, and afterwards at 9s. a-day.
Females and Children permitted to accompany Army Officers proceeding on service cannot be paid for at the Public Expense, but such arrangements may be made regarding their entertainment as may be agreed upon between the Military Officers and the Mess at which they may be entertained, and in no case is a greater charge to be paid for a Wife or Female than two-thirds of the amount paid for the Officer, or than one-third for Children of either sex between 7 and 16 years of age, and one-fourth for those under 7 years of age.
Officers of the Civil Branch of the Army, of all ranks, shall be entertained at the Lieutenants' table.
In the event of more than one distinguished person being embarked in a Ship-of-war at the same time the person of the highest rank is to be paid for under Article 4 or 5, according to the rank he may hold, and the others only at the rate of 25s. or 21s. a-day each, as the case may be.
Officers of the Army entertained at the Midshipmens' Mess will be paid for at the rate of 6s. a-day; other individuals will be paid for at the rate of 9s. a-day for the first fourteen days, and 6s. a-day afterwards; the same proportionate deductions from the said sums being made as in Article 6, for Females and Children.
The sums specified in the Scale of Allowances include a provision for a reasonable number of servants, and for extra expenses of every kind, except bedding, and such fittings as the Dock-yard may be ordered to furnish.
The Admiralty are authorized to depart from the scale, in cases where they consider the allowances more than adequate to meet the expenses incurred for the entertainment of the Passengers embarked, and to increase them when they deem them not to be sufficient.
In the case of Superintendents, and Naval Storekeepers and their Families, the Commander-in-chief, or senior Officer on a Foreign Station, is authorized to order passages without a previous order from the Admiralty.
When Persons ordered Passages shall prefer to join an inferior Mess to that they are entitled to join by their rank, they are to be permitted to do so. If any person entitled to be entertained at one table, should, by personal invitation or favour, be received at a superior table, no additional allowance will be granted for his entertainment; and if he change to an inferior table, such allowance only will be made for his entertainment there as would be given for a person of the proper rank for entertainment at such inferior table.
When an Officer is directed to make preparation for any Passengers, whether at home or abroad, half the estimated amount of the whole expense will be paid to him, or to his Agent, under the authority of the Admiralty, on application being made by the Officer; and when the said Officer shall report, through his Commander-in-chief, the completion of the service, stating the names of the Passengers, and the number of days they were actually entertained on board, and with whom, and enclosing also a copy or an extract of the order for their reception, steps will be taken for the payment of the remainder of the sum; but no Officer is to draw any bill whatsoever for these allowances.
Immediately after the completion, on a Foreign Station, of the service of conveying any Passengers who may have been embarked under orders from the Admiralty, or from the senior Naval Officer on the Station, the said senior Officer may, on application being made to him, direct the Paymaster of the Ship in which the Passengers have been entertained, to pay a round sum equal to two-thirds the estimated expense of the passage, to the Commanding Officer, or Caterer of the mess at which the Passengers may have been received, - care being taken to forward to the Admiralty a specific statement of any such round sum paid by a Paymaster on a Foreign Station.
If it should happen that a Passenger does not embark, after the order for receiving him has been given, and provision thereupon made for his reception; or, having embarked, he should be relanded or transferred to another Ship, the Naval Officer will be entitled to half the allowance to cover the expenses he may have been at in making the necessary preparations. No deduction is to be made from the allowances for the time Passengers may land at any intermediate place for their own pleasure.
Refugees on board Her Majesty's Ships, whether Foreigners or British subjects, shall bear the expense of their own entertainment, and that of their families, &c.; but if in too distressed circumstances to be able to do so, they are to be paid for at the rate of 9s. a-day for each male person above the age of 16, when entertained at a Captain's or Lieutenant's Table, and 6s. a-day at a Midshipman's Table, two-thirds of the above sums for Females above 16; and one-third for such of either sex as shall be under 16 years of age; and one-fourth for such as may be under 7 years of age.
When a Queen's Messenger, or other Official Messenger, is embarked for a passage by order, the Captain or Commander is to appoint him a suitable berth, separate from the Ship's Company, and is to direct him to Mess with either the Lieutenants or Midshipmen at the usual rate, as he may judge best, or the Messenger may be allowed the option of messing with a Gunner, Boatswain, or Carpenter, at the rate of 5s. a-day, or of messing by himself, with permission to take on board a reasonable quantity of stock for his own use. But when the Messenger may mess with the Lieutenants' or Midshipmen's or Warrant Officers' Mess, the Captain will compute the time the voyage is likely to consume, and will receive from the Messenger half the sum which the whole voyage would cost, which half is to be paid to the Mess to enable them to provide for the passage: and when it shall be concluded, the Messenger will deliver to the Captain, to be handed over to the Mess, the balance which may remain due. It is understood that the Messengers will be furnished with money for this purpose, from the Offices to which they are attached.
It is to be understood that "Captain's Table" includes the table of a Flag Officer, should there be one on board, also the table of a Commander of a Sloop of War; and the "Lieutenants' Table," is to be understood as including also the table of a Lieutenant commanding a Vessel of War, not bearing an Officer of higher rank.
When a Person entitled to mess at a Captain's Table (according to Articles 4, 5, and 6), is entertained by a Lieutenant commanding a small Vessel, such Person is to be paid for the same as if entertained at a Captain's Table.
The under-mentioned Naval Officers taking passage in Her Majesty's Ships are to be entertained as follows, - making their own arrangements as to messing;*-
|i.||Captains, - at the Captain's Table. In this case, it is to be understood, that the Captain's Table means the Table of the Flag Officer when there is a Flag Officer on board; and the Table of the Officer in command of the Ship when there is not a Flag Officer on board.|
|ii.||Inspectors and Deputy Inspectors-General of Hospitals and Fleets, Secretaries to Admirals of the Fleet and to Commanders-in-chief, Paymasters-in-chief, Inspectors of Machinery afloat, Commanders and Masters of the Fleet, - at the Commander's Table. In this case it is to be understood that the "Commander's Table" means the Ward-room Table of a Line-of-Battle Ship or Frigate, and the Table of the Commander of a Sloop or smaller vessel.|
|iii.||Other Ward-room Officers at the Ward-room Table.|
* Vide Article 19, page 107
TABLE OF ALLOWANCES.
For Entertainment of Passengers in H.M. Ships under the foregoing Articles.
|Children of both sexes|
|Between 16 and 7 years - per diem.||Under 7 years - per diem.|
|Royal Personages and Foreign Persons of Rank||Allowances will be separately considered, per diem.|
Viceroy and Governor-General of India
|£ s d|
6 0 0 for first 7 days
1 5 0 afterwards
|Each Individual composing the Suite||1 5 0 for every day|
|Governors of Her Majesty's Colonies,|
Commanders-in-chief of Forces (if Generals, or Lieutenant-Generals, or Major-Generals)
Secretaries of Legation,
|4 0 0 for first 7 days|
1 1 0 afterwards
|Each Member of their Suite||1 1 0 for every day|
|Governors of small Colonies, Lieutenant-Governors, and Bishops||3 0 0 for first 7 days|
1 1 0 afterwards
|Each Member of their Suite||1 1 0 for every day|
|General Officers and Consuls||1 1 0 for first 14 days|
0 15 0 afterwards
|Field Officers on the Staff, Colonels, and Lieutenant-Colonels||0 15 0 for every day||10||0||5||0||3||9*|
|Majors not on the Staff, and Army Officers, junior in Rank to Field Officers (when not able to be received at the Lieutenants Mess)||0 12 0 for first 14 days|
0 9 0 afterwards
|Refugees||0 9 0 for every day||6||0||3||0||2||3|
|LIEUTENANTS' TABLE. (Ward Room.)|
|Naval Storekeepers||0 12 0 for first 14 days|
0 9 0 afterwards
|Vice-Consuls and all other Individuals for whom passages may be ordered, except as under||6||0||3||0||2||3|
|Majors not on the Staff, and Army Officers, junior Rank to Field Officers||0 9 0 for every day|
|Refugees||0 9 0 for every day||6||0||3||0||2||3|
|MIDSHIPMEN'S TABLE. (Gun Room.)|
|Officers of the Army||0 6 0 for every day|
|Other Individuals for whose entertainment orders are given||0 9 0 for first 14 days|
0 6 0 afterwards
|Refugees||0 6 0 for every day||4||0||2||0||1||6|
* Not allowed for the families of General Officers (Vide Article 8)