The Milne Papers: Papers of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alexander Milne 1806-1896, Volume I, 1820-1859, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Milne Papers

Papers of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alexander Milne 1806-1896, Volume I, 1820-1859, 1st Edition

Edited by John Beeler


876 pages

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Alexander Milne was the pre-eminent naval administrator of the Victorian Royal Navy, spending eighteen years at the Admiralty between 1847 and 1876, over six of them as First Naval Lord. His administrative career coincided exactly with the greatest technological upheaval in warfare at sea since sails supplanted oars, and he played an important role in almost every step of the Navy's transformation from sail to steam, wood to iron, and in the equally critical processes of devising a modern system of recruiting and training enlisted personnel, and evolving a coherent strategy suitable for a steam-powered fleet. This collection is drawn from a rich documentary record of Milne's and the Board's labours during the late 1840s and 1850s. It also encompasses Milne's earlier sea service, furnishing a unique glimpse of the maritime policing operations of the Navy during the Pax Britannica.


'Beeler is both an excellent editor and a sympathetic interpreter of his subject. This is a work of the first importance.' Journal of Military History

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Service afloat, 1817-30; Commander and Captain, 1837-41; Flag Captain, 1841-47; The admirality, 1847-53; The Russian War, 1854-55; The admirality, 1855-59; List of documents; General index; Ship index.

About the Editor

John Beeler was born on 1 August 1916 at Franklin, Ohio. He obtained both BA and MA at the Ohio University, and his PhD at Cornell University. He served in the US Navy in both World War II and the Korean War. He is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

About the Series

Navy Records Society Publications

The Navy Records Society was established in 1893 to print unpublished manuscripts and rare works of interest to naval historians and enthusiasts. To date it has published nearly 150 scholarly volumes, each edited and introduced by a leading authority in the appropriate field. The volumes form a unique and invaluable resource for serving officers, scholars and all those interested in the Naval History of Great Britain and the development of naval power in the Modern World.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Oceania