The Milne Papers. Papers of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alexander Milne 1806-1896, Volume I, 1820-1859

Vol 147 (2004), Professor J. Beeler

Not once during 60 years of naval service did Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alexander Milne, Bt, KCB hear British guns fired in anger, yet on the basis of talents and abilities ideally suited to the century of the Pax Britannica, he numbers among the greatest officers of the post-Napoleonic-era Royal Navy. Milne was the pre-eminent naval administrator in the Victorian period, perhaps of the years 1815-1900 – although both Sir Thomas Byam Martin and Sir George Cockburn compete for this distinction – serving as a Junior Lord for almost twelve straight years during the late 1840s and 1850s, as First Naval Lord from 1866 to 1868, and again from 1872 to 1876, when he retired from the Service.

This collection is drawn principally from two sources: the Milne Papers deposited in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, and the Admiralty Papers in the Public Records Office.

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About John Beeler

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.

His publications include
• Warfare in England, 1066 – 1189 (Cornell University Press, 1966).
• The Milne Papers 2 volumes (Navy Records Society, 2004 and 2015).