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The powers and functions of the Admiralty were vested in the office of Lord High Admiral throughout the period except for the years 1684-9 when they were exercised directly by the crown. The office was held by individuals during the years 1660-73, 1702-9 and 1827-8; at other times it was placed in commission. Appointments were made by letters patent under the great seal. Except in the case of the Duke of York who was appointed for life, tenure was during pleasure.
'Lord High Admiral and Commissioners of the Admiralty 1660-1870', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870, ed. J C Sainty (London, 1975), pp. 18-31. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol4/pp18-31 [accessed 14 July 2016].
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