Master of ships

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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.[1]


During Aegon's Conquest, Lord Daemon Velaryon served as the first master of ships. He died when the Targaryen fleet was put to the torch in the battle in the waters off Gulltown.[2]

Lord Aethan Velaryon was a master of ships and lord admiral to Kings Aegon I and Aenys I Targaryen. His daughter Alyssa married Aenys before he became king.[3]

Ser Tyland Lannister served King Viserys I Targaryen as master of ships, but he became master of coin after the king's death.[4] During the Dance of the Dragons, Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King to Aegon II Targaryen, offered the admiralty to Dalton Greyjoy, the Lord Reaper of Pyke.[4] The Red Kraken declined Otto's offer, however, and Dalton instead attacked the westerlands on behalf of Aegon II's rival, Rhaenyra Targaryen.[5]

Lord Alyn Velaryon was master of ships for his cousin, the Young Dragon Daeron I Targaryen, during the conquest of Dorne.[6]

Lucerys Velaryon served the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen.[7]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, dies in King's Landing. Stannis Baratheon, the master of ships for his brother, King Robert I Baratheon, leaves King's Landing for Dragonstone when Robert decides to name Lord Eddard Stark the new Hand.[8]

A Clash of Kings

The royal fleet, divided between the rival kings Joffrey I Baratheon and Stannis, is largely ruined in the Battle of the Blackwater.[9]

A Storm of Swords

After Stannis's attempt to take the capital is defeated by the Lannisters and Tyrells in the Battle of the Blackwater, Lord Mace Tyrell is made master of ships as part of the new alliance.[10]

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.[1] After Cersei's arrest by the Faith, Aurane flees the capital with the new dromonds she had commissioned.[11]

A Dance with Dragons

The new regent, Ser Kevan Lannister, names Lord Paxter Redwyne as the lord admiral and master of ships.[12] 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.[13]

Daenerys Targaryen, Queen of Meereen, names Captain Groleo her lord admiral, but he has no ships as the Meereenese fleet sailed for Yunkai.[14] Groleo is later executed while a hostage of the Yunkai'i.[15]

Known Masters of Ships

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  3. Forum: (Spoilers) Sons of the Dragon Reading at LonCon Today
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Princess and the Queen.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Red Kraken.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring.
  8. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
  9. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 58, Davos III.
  10. A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  11. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
  12. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 54, Cersei I.
  13. A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
  14. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 16, Daenerys III.
  15. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 59, The Discarded Knight.