Coast of Ireland Station

For the Second World War Command based in Liverpool, see Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches.
Coast of Ireland Station

Queenstown harbour in 1871
Active 17971922
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
Type Fleet
Garrison/HQ Cobh (known as Queenstown between 1849 and 1922)

The Coast of Ireland Station was a historic command of the Royal Navy based at Queenstown (now Cobh) in Ireland.


Admiralty House, Cobh, residence of the Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Ireland Station from 1886 to 1922

The command dates back to 1797 and was originally known as "Admiral Commanding in Ireland" or "Commander-in-Chief, Cork Station".[1] The post remained unfilled between 1831 and 1843.[1] It was renamed "Commander in Chief, Queenstown" in 1849 following a visit by Queen Victoria when she renamed the town of Cobh "Queenstown".[2]

The post became "Senior Officer, Coast of Ireland Station" in 1876 and "Commander in Chief, Western Approaches" in 1919 and was disbanded at the end of the Irish War of Independence in 1922 although the Royal Navy continued to station ships in Ireland, in accordance with the Anglo-Irish Treaty, until 1938.[1] The command was based at Admiralty House in Cobh (Cobh was known as Queenstown between 1849 and 1922).[3]


Commanders included:[4]
Commander-in-Chief, Cork Station

Note: the post remained unfilled between 1831 and 1843

Commander-in-Chief, Queenstown

Senior Officer, Coast of Ireland Station

Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Ireland Station

Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches


  1. 1 2 3 "The Royal Navy in Cork, Ireland". Cork Ship Wrecks. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  2. "Historic Cobh". Ask about Ireland. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  3. Halpern, Paul G. (1995). "A Naval History of World War I". Routledge. p. 359. ISBN 978-1857284980.
  4. "Senior Royal Navy appointments" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2014.. Amend made from Dreadnought Project to Sir Lewis Bayly
  5. Dreadnought Project - ADM 196/38 f. 84
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