The Dark Ages of the Admiralty, 1869-1885 Part I Business Methods 1869-1874

By N.A.M Rodger, published November 1975

Abstract

The Admiralty, since the end of the Napoleonic Wars, had become lacking in vitality and vigour, and in urgent need for reform, but without the mechanisms by which reform could be implemented. This article details the reforms forced upon it by the new First Lord appointed by Gladstone in 1869: H.C.E Childers. Some of his reforms were useful and effective, but the total reform ‘package’ was disastrous, leading to the title of this article. However, by causing such mayhem, Childers left the door open for his successors, not the least of which was Sir Alexander Milne, to make good and lasting changes.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration

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