Of paramount concern during the immediate post-war period was the necessity of bringing a greater degree of managerial efficiency to the dockyards. A further structural weakness identified by the Board of Admiralty during one of their post-war inspections was the number of post holders who had either overlapping authority or sub-divided duties. Concern over the efficiency of the Royal Dockyards during the Crimean War resulted in the appointment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry presented its report in 1860. Although much of the commission’s attention was directed to the constitution of the Board of Admiralty together with measures for the improvement of centralised management, a number of references were made to the quality of local management. In particular, a number of dockyard officers were viewed as either incompetent or indifferent while measurement by check and the numerous regulations of the yard came under criticism. To bring about improvements a number of minor revisions were undertaken and check measurement was abandoned.