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Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia

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Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich
Born(1850-01-14)14 January 1850
Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died14 November 1908(1908-11-14) (aged 58)
Paris, France
IssueAlexei Alexeevich
HouseHouse of Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov
FatherAlexander II of Russia
MotherMarie of Hesse and by Rhine

Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia (Saint Petersburg 14 January 1850 (4 January O.S.) – Paris, 14 November 1908) was the sixth child and the fourth son of Alexander II of Russia and his first wife Maria Alexandrovna (Marie of Hesse). Destined to a naval career, Alexei Alexandrovich started his military training at the age of 7. By the age of 20 he had been appointed lieutenant of the Russian Imperial Navy and had visited all European military ports of Russia. In 1871 he was sent as a goodwill ambassador to the United States and Japan.

In 1883 he was appointed general admiral. He made a big contribution to re-equipping the Russian navy with new ships and in modernizing the naval ports. He was blamed for the Russian loss to the Japanese in the Battle of Tsushima. In 1905, he was relieved of his command. He died in Paris in 1908.

During 1871 the Grand Duke led a squadron of the Russian Navy on a return visit to the United States. Whilst in New York a dinner in his honour was given at Delmonico's, and the dish Lobster Duke Alexis named for him in his honor by Charles Ranhofer.