Master of ships
The master of ships is the king on the Iron Throne's advisor charged with commanding the royal fleet and is a member of the small council in King's Landing. Duties of the master of ships include arranging for the building and maintenance of warships, obtaining crews for the warships, and commanding naval operations.
During Aegon's Conquest, Lord Daemon Velaryon was named the first master of ships by King Aegon I Targaryen in 2 AC, an award for Lord Velaryon's longtime support and service. He perished shortly after when the new royal fleet was put to the torch in the battle in the waters off Gulltown. Throughout the reign of House Targaryen, the greater part of the royal fleet was formed by the ships of House Velaryon. So many Lords of the Tides served as lord admiral and master of ship that the office was almost considered hereditary.
Lord Aethan Velaryon, the son and heir of Lord Daemon, would serve as master of ships and lord admiral to both Kings Aegon I and Aenys I Targaryen. In this capacity, he battled the pirate-lord Sargoso Saan in the Stepstones in 29 AC and 30 AC. Lord Daemon Velaryon, the son of Lord Aethan, would serve as admiral of the king's fleet during the reign of King Maegor I Targaryen. When Lord Daemon turned against Maegor and declared for his nephew Prince Jaehaerys, Maegor soon found that he had lost the entire royal fleet. After taking the throne, Jaehaerys raised his uncle Daemon to master of ships and lord admiral. When Daemon became the Hand of the King, Lord Manfryd Redwyne became the master of ships, the first time the admiralty did not go to a Velaryon.
Lord Corlys Velaryon would serve as master of ships near the end of the reign of King Jaehaerys, the royal fleet tripling in size under his administration. However, Lord Corlys angerly resigned from the office in 92 AC when his wife Princess Rhaenys was passed over as heir to the Iron Throne. Ser Tyland Lannister served King Viserys I Targaryen as master of ships, but he became master of coin after the king's death. During the Dance of the Dragons, Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King to Aegon II Targaryen, offered the admiralty to Lord Dalton Greyjoy. The Red Kraken declined Otto's offer, however, and Dalton instead attacked the westerlands on behalf of Aegon II's rival, Rhaenyra Targaryen. Corlys returned to the office when he bent the knee to Aegon II.
After the Dance, Aegon III Targaryen desired for his cousin Lord Alyn Velaryon to serve as master of ships. However, Lord Unwin Peake, the King's Hand and Protector of the Realm, denied Lord Alyn the office and instead gave the admiralty to his uncle, Ser Gedmund Peake. However, after a great victory in the Stepstones, Lord Alyn was raised to the master of ships. Aegon III's regents later returned Ser Gedmund to the office to appease Lord Peake's supporters, though young Lord Velaryon was bemused rather than angry, preferring sailing than the administrative duties that came with the office. Lord Alyn was later master of ships for his cousin, the Young Dragon Daeron I Targaryen, during the conquest of Dorne.
Towards the end of Robert's Rebellion, after claiming King's Landing, Lord Robert Baratheon charged his brother Stannis with building a fleet to take the Targaryen fortress of Dragonstone, though much of the Targaryen's royal fleet was destroyed in a great storm. After Robert's coronation as king, Stannis was named to the small council as master of ships. In this capacity, Stannis dealt with smugglers and pirates at the Three Sisters. In 289 AC, Stannis commanded the royal fleet during Greyjoy's Rebellion, smashing the Iron Fleet in a sea battle off Fair Isle.
A Game of Thrones
Lord Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, dies in King's Landing. Lord Stannis Baratheon, the master of ships for his brother, King Robert I Baratheon, leaves the capital for his seat of Dragonstone when Robert decides to name Lord Eddard Stark the new Hand.
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
After the death of Tywin Lannister, Queen Regent Cersei Lannister renames the office grand admiral. She also removes Lord Mace and his bannermen from the council, naming Aurane Waters to the seat. After Cersei's arrest by the Faith, Aurane flees the capital with the new dromonds she had commissioned.
A Dance with Dragons
The new regent, Ser Kevan Lannister, names Lord Paxter Redwyne as the lord admiral and master of ships. He remains away from court after the siege of Dragonstone, and intends to sail his Redwyne fleet back to the Reach to deal with the Greyjoy attacks after the taking of the Shields and the Arbor.
Masters of ships
- Lord Daemon Velaryon, who served Aegon I Targaryen.
- Lord Aethan Velaryon, who served Aegon I Targaryen.
- Lord Daemon Velaryon, who served Maegor I Targaryen and later Jaehaerys I Targaryen.
- Lord Manfryd Redwyne, who served Jaehaerys I Targaryen.
- Lord Corlys Velaryon, who served Jaehaerys I Targaryen.
- Ser Tyland Lannister, who served Viserys I Targaryen and Aegon II Targaryen.
- Ser Gedmund Peake, who served Aegon III Targaryen.
- Lord Alyn Velaryon, who served Daeron I Targaryen.
- Lord Lucerys Velaryon, who served Aerys II Targaryen.
- Lord Stannis Baratheon, who served his brother, Robert I Baratheon.
- Lord Mace Tyrell, who served Joffrey I Baratheon.
- Aurane Waters, who served Tommen I Baratheon.
- Lord Paxter Redwyne, who served Tommen I Baratheon.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
- Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
- Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
- Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
- Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
- The Princess and the Queen.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Red Kraken.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
- Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring.
- A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 9, Davos I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 58, Davos III.
- A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 54, Cersei I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 16, Daenerys III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 59, The Discarded Knight.