United States Statutes at Large/Volume 5/24th Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 30

United States Statutes at Large, Volume 5
United States Congress
Public Acts of the Twenty-Fourth Congress, Second Session, Chapter 30

March 3, 1837.
Chap. XXX.—An Act making appropriations for the naval service, for the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be appropriated for the naval service, for the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven, in addition to the unexpended balances of former appropriations, to wit:

Pay of navy.For pay of commissioned, warrant and petty officers, and of seamen, two million four hundred and fifty-four thousand six hundred and eighty-six dollars;

Bounty for enlistments.To enable the President, provided he should deem it necessary, to offer a bounty for the purpose of promoting the enlistment of seamen, seventy-two thousand dollars;

Pay of superintendents, &c. at yards.For pay of superintendents, naval constructors, and all the civil establishments at the several yards, sixty-nine thousand four hundred and seventy dollars;

Provisions.For provisions, seven hundred and sixty-two thousand eight hundred and sixty-five dollars;

Repairs of vessels, &c.For repairs of vessels in ordinary, and the repairs and wear and tear of vessels in commission, one million two hundred and fifty thousand dollars;

Medicines and surgical instruments, &c.For medicines and surgical instruments, hospital stores, and other expenses on account of the sick, thirty-nine thousand dollars;

Portsmouth navy yard.For improvements and necessary repairs of the navy yard at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, forty-seven thousand seven hundred dollars;

Charlestown navy yard.For improvements and necessary repairs of the navy yard at Charlestown, Massachusetts, one hundred and twenty-four thousand dollars;

Brooklyn navy yard.For improvement and necessary repairs of the navy yard at Brooklyn, New York, sixty-two thousand five hundred dollars;

Philadelphia navy yard.For improvement and necessary repairs of the navy yard at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, thirty-four thousand eight hundred and fifty dollars;

Washington navy yard.For improvement and necessary repairs of the navy yard at Washington, fifty-two thousand eight hundred and fifty dollars;

Gosport navy yard.For improvement and necessary repairs of the navy yard at Gosport, Virginia, one hundred and forty thousand five hundred dollars;

Pensacola navy yard.For improvement and necessary repairs of the navy yard near Pensacola, seventy-eight thousand dollars;

Ordnance, &c.For ordnance and ordnance stores, seventy-two thousand dollars;

Miscellaneous expenses.For defraying the expenses that may accrue for the following purposes, to wit; for the freight and transportation of materials and stores of every description; for wharfage and dockage; storage and rent; travelling expenses of officers and transportation of seamen; house rent for pursers when attached to yards and stations where no house is provided; for funeral expenses, for commissions, clerk hire, office rent, stationery, and fuel, to navy agents; for premiums and incidental expenses of recruiting; for apprehending deserters; for compensation to judge advocates; for per diem allowance to persons attending courts martial and courts of inquiry; for printing and stationery of every description, and for working the lithographic press, and for books, maps, charts, mathematical and nautical instruments, chronometers, models, and drawings; for the purchase and repair of fire engines and machinery, and for the repair of steam engines; for the purchase and maintenance of oxen and horses, and for carts, timber wheels, and workmen’s tools of every description; for postage of letters on public service; for pilotage and towing ships of war; for cabin furniture of vessels in commission; taxes and assessments on public property; for assistance rendered to vessels in distress; for incidental labor at navy yards, not applicable to any other appropriation; for coal and other fuel; and for candles and oil; and for candles and oil; for repairs of magazines or powder houses; for preparing moulds for ships to be built, and for no other purpose whatever, three hundred and thirty-seven thousand six hundred dollars;

Contingent expenses.For contingent expenses for objects not hereinbefore enumerated, three thousand dollars;

Pay and subsistence of marine corps.For pay of the officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates, and subsistence of the officers of the marine corps, one hundred and sixty-three thousand and nineteen dollars and sixty cents;

Provisions for non-commissioned officers, &c., serving on shore.For the provisions for the non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates, serving on shore, servants, and washerwomen, thirty-three thousand four hundred and twenty-eight dollars and eighty cents;

Clothing.For clothing, thirty-eight thousand six hundred and fifty-five dollars;

Fuel.For fuel, fourteen thousand five hundred and eighty-nine dollars;

Repairs of barracks.For keeping the present barracks in repair until new ones can be erected, and for the repairs of the barracks at head-quarters and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, ten thousand dollars;

Transportation of officers, &c.For the transportation of officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates, and expenses of recruiting, six thousand dollars;

Medicines, hospital stores, &c.For medicines, hospital stores, surgical instruments, and pay of matron, four thousand one hundred and thirty-nine dollars and twenty-nine cents;

Contingent expenses of said corps, &c.For contingent expenses of said corps, freight, ferriage, toll, wharfage, and cartage, per diem allowance for attending courts of inquiry, compensation to judge advocates, house rent where there are no public quarters assigned, incidental labor in the quartermaster’s department, expenses of burying deceased persons belonging to the marine corps, printing, stationery, forage, postage on public letters, expenses in pursuing deserters, candles and oil for the different stations, straw for the men, barrack furniture, bed sacks, spades, axes, shovels, picks, and carpenter’s tools, seventeen thousand nine hundred and seventy-seven dollars and ninety-three cents;

Military stores, pay of armorers, &c.For military stores, pay of armorers, keeping arms in repair, drums, fifes, flags, accoutrements, and ordnance stores, two thousand dollars;

Launching, &c., ship Pennsylvania.For launching and securing the ship of the line Pennsylvania, one hundred thousand dollars;

Building and equipping two sloops of war.
Also six vessels of war.
For building and equipping two sloops of war, from frames already provided under former appropriations, tow hundred and eighty thousand dollars; and also six vessels of war, if not less than ten, nor more than eighteen guns, four hundred thousand dollars, in addition to any materials on hand;

Hospital near Pensacola.For erecting and furnishing a new hospital building, and for a dwelling for an assistant surgeon; for the repairs of the present building, and for all expenses upon their dependencies near Pensacola, forty-seven thousand five hundred dollars;

Hospital near Norfolk.For erecting a sea-wall to protect the shore; for enclosing the hospital grounds, for completing the basement of south wing; for repairing damages sustained from a recent gale, and for all other expenses upon the dependencies of the hospital near Norfolk, eighteen thousand dollars;

Naval asylum near Philadelphia.For graduating and enclosing the grounds about the naval asylum near Philadelphia, and for all other expenses upon the building and its dependencies, ten thousand four hundred and sixty dollars;

Hospital near Brooklyn.Towards an extension of the hospital building near Brooklyn, New York, for enclosing the grounds, and for all other expenses upon its dependencies, sixty-six thousand dollars;

Hospital near Boston.For the completion of the present hospital building near Boston, and for all expenses upon its dependencies, one thousand three hundred and fifty dollars;

Magazine upon Ellis’s Island.For the repair of the enclosure, and for the sea-wall of the magazine upon Ellis’s island, in the harbor of New York, one thousand two hundred and fifty dollars;

Magazine near Boston.For the completion of the enclosure of the magazine near Boston, the wharf and other dependencies, two thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars;

Gosport navy yard.For the purchase of that portion of land, belonging to the town of Portsmouth, Virginia, enclosed by the walls of the navy yard at Gosport, four thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine dollars;

Examination, &c. of Beaufort and Wilmington harbors.To defray any additional expense that may be incurred in making an examination and survey of the harbors of Beaufort and Wilmington, in North Carolina, with a view to determine the respective facilities and advantages of the establishment of a navy yard, fifteen hundred dollars;

Survey of May river.For the survey of May river, from Tybee bar to the Hunting island, fifteen hundred dollars, for a similar object;

Payment to Thomas J. Harris.For payment to Thomas J. Harris of his proportion of the sum of two thousand dollars, appropriated by Congress, for the capture of a piratical felucca, in eighteen hundred and twenty-three, twenty-nine dollars and sixteen cents;

Examining the shoals of George’s Bank.To defray the expense of examining the shoals of George’s Bank, for the purpose of determining upon the practicability of erecting a light-house upon the same, (in aid of the general appropriations for the navy,) five thousand dollars.

Money re-appropriated.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the following sums being the unexpended balances of former appropriations, which have been carried to the account of the surplus fund be, and the same are hereby re-appropriated, to be paid out of any money unappropriated in the treasury, viz:

Suppression of the slave trade, &c.For carrying into effect the acts for the suppression of the slave trade, including their support in the United States and for a term not exceeding six months after their arrival in Africa, of all persons removed from the United States under the said acts, eleven thousand four hundred and thirteen dollars and fifty-seven cents;

Prize-money to officers, &c. of brig General Armstrong.For payment of prize-money to the officers and crew of the late private armed brig General Armstrong, and the legal representatives of such as may be dead, two thousand dollars.

Secretary of the Treasury to distribute residue of prize-money belonging to crews of Bon Homme Richard and Alliance.Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby authorized to distribute the residue of the prize-money heretofore deposited in the treasury, belonging to the crews of the men-of-war Bon Homme Richard and Alliance, commanded by John Paul Jones, in the revolutionary war, among the several persons entitled thereto, and to pay them the sums respectively due, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Enclosure of navy yard at Pensacola.Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the sum appropriated at the last session for the erection of a brick enclosure of the navy yard at Pensacola, shall be erected to suit the present plan of the yard, and in such manner as the Navy Commissioners shall direct.

President to purchase articles of a durable nature for vessels.Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That under the laws providing for the gradual improvement of the navy, the President be authorized to cause articles of a durable character to be purchased for the armament and equipment, as well as for the building of vessels.

Approved, March 3, 1837.