Bureau of Yards and Docks

The Bureau of Yards and Docks (abbrev.: BuDocks) was the branch of the United States Navy responsible from 1842 to 1966 for building and maintaining navy yards, drydocks, and other facilities relating to ship construction, maintenance, and repair.

Bureau of Yards and Docks
Bureau of Yards and Docks logo.jpg
Bureau of Yards and Docks logo
Active31 August 1842- 5 March 1966 (abolished)
CountryUnited States

The Bureau was established on August 31, 1842 by an act of Congress (5 Stat. 579), as one of the five bureaus replacing the Board of Naval Commissioners established in 1815. Originally established as the Bureau of Naval Yards and Docks, the branch was renamed the Bureau of Yards and Docks in 1862.

The Bureau was abolished effective in 1966 as part of the Department of Defense's reorganization of its material establishment, being replaced by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC).

Chiefs of the BureauEdit

  • Captain Lewis Warrington, 1842–1846[1]
  • Captain Joseph Smith, 1846–1869[1]
  • Captain Daniel Ammen, 1869–1871[1]
  • Commodore Christopher R. P. Rodgers, 1871–1874[1]
  • Commodore John C. Howell, 1874–1878[1]
  • Commodore Richard L. Law, 1878–1881[1]
  • Rear Admiral Edward T. Nichols, 1881–1885[1]
  • Commodore David B. Harmony, 1885–1889[1]
  • Commodore George D. White, 1889–1890[1]
  • Commodore Norman H. Farquhar, 1890–1894[1]
  • Commodore Edmund O. Matthews, 1894–1898[1]
  • Rear Admiral Mordecai T. Endicott, 1898–1907[1]
  • Rear Admiral Harry H. Rousseau, 1907[1]
  • Rear Admiral Richard C. Hollyday, 1907–1912[1]
  • Rear Admiral Homer R. Stanford, 1912–1916[1]
  • Rear Admiral Frederick R. Harris, 1916–1917[1]
  • Rear Admiral Charles W. Parks, 1918–1921[1]
  • Rear Admiral Luther E. Gregory, 1921–1929[1]
  • Rear Admiral Archibald L. Parsons, 1929–1933[1]
  • Rear Admiral Norman M. Smith, 1933–1937[1]
  • Rear Admiral Ben Moreell, 1937–1945[1]
  • Rear Admiral John J. Manning, 1945–1949[1]
  • Rear Admiral Joseph F. Jelley, Jr., 1949–1953[1]
  • Rear Admiral John R. Perry, 1953–1955[1]
  • Rear Admiral Robert H. Meade, 1955–1959[1]
  • Rear Admiral Eugene J. Peltier, 1959–1962[1]
  • Rear Admiral Peter Corradi, 1962–1965[1]
  • Rear Admiral Alexander C. Husband, 1965–1966[1]

Naval Facilities Engineering Command

  • Rear Admiral Walter Enger, 1969-1973[1]
  • Rear Admiral Albert R. Marchall, 1973-1977[1]
  • Rear Admiral Donal G. Iselin, 1977-1981[1]
  • Rear Admiral William M. Zobel, 1981-1984[1]
  • Rear Admiral John Paul Jones Jr., 1984-1987[1]
  • Rear Admiral Benjamin F. Montoya, 1987-1989[1]
  • Rear Admiral David Bottoroff, 1989-1992[1]
  • Rear Admiral Jack E. Buffington, 1992-1995[1]
  • Rear Admiral David J. Nash, 1995-1998[1]
  • Rear Admiral Louis M Smith, 1998-2000[1]
  • Rear Admiral Michael R. Johnson , 2000-2003[1]
  • Rear Admiral Michael K. Loose, 2003-2006[1]
  • Rear Admiral Wayne G. Shear, 2006-2010[1]
  • Rear Admiral Christopher J. Mossey, 2010-2012[1]
  • Rear Admiral Katherine L. Gregory, 2012-2014[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq Naval History and Heritage Command, Bureau of Yards and Docks, Lists of Senior Officers, Published: Mon Mar 07 15:03:27 EST 2016, Official U.S. Navy web site[1]
This article contains public domain information from the United States National Archives and Records Administration.

External linksEdit

  • "Records of the Bureau of Yards And Docks". National Archives and Records Administration. 2014.
  • Activities of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, Navy Department. World War 1917–1918. Washington: GPO. 1921.
  • Building the Navy's Bases in World War II: History of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and the Civil Engineer Corps, 1940–1946. Washington: GPO. 1947.