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propriety of authorizing by law, the investment of such balances in some well secured, productive stock, is respectfully suggested.
By the statement hereunto a nuexed, it appears that, of the appropriations beretofore made for the suppression of the slave trade, there remains in the Treasury a balance of $14,213 91. It is not believed that any further appropriation for this purpose is necessary at this time.
It will be perceived, by the estimates, that nothing is asken on account of the contingent expenses of the Secretary's office of this department. A proper degree of ecouomy has rendered any appropriation for those expenses for the ensuing year unnecessary. This circumstance affords me an apology for stating that some of the officers connected with this department do not receive an adequate compensation for their services.
The chief clerk of the Commissioners of the Navy Board, and the warrant clerk, and the clerk keeping the register of correspondence of this department, perform arduous duties, which require talent and experience. Their salaries, respectively, are less than are paid in other departments for services of no greater difficulty and responsibility than theirs, and are inadequate to the decent support of themselves and families.
An estimate for an increase of $100 to the salary of the first, so as to make it $1,700 per annum, and of $400 to toe latter, so as to make them $1 400 to each, is respectfully submitted.
The salaries of the chief clerks of the commandants of the navy yards at Boston, New York, Washington, and Norfolk, ale evidently below what may be coosidered a fair compensation for their services. I therefore solicit a small increase of $150 to their salaries respectively, so as to make them $900 each, as stated in the estimates.
The superintendent of the southwest Executive building receives at present but $250, and the two watchmen for the same but $300 each, per annum. It is respectfully recommended that an increase of $250 be made to the salary of the superintendent, and of $200 to the salaries of each of the watchmen.
In the report of my predecessor, of the 30th of November last, an estimate of the expense of purchasing and maintaining a lithographic press was submitted, as a means of procuring charts and blank forins for this departmeni, as well as for the several navy yards and vessels in comnussion, as also for the purpose of multiplying copies of drawings connected with the survey of the coast. As, in my opinion, the employment of such a press would be a saving of time aod inoney, in the duties now performed by clerks and draughtsmen in this departmeot, and the branches of service connected with it, I respectfully renew the application for the necessary appropriation for this press; and annex hereto copies of the letters of the Commissjoners of the Navy Board, and of Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, jr., heretofore laid before Congress, in favor of this application.
The charge of the coast survey, now under the superiniendence of Mr. Hassler, w 18, on the 11th day of March last, transferred from the Treasury to the Navy Department, to which it was thought more properly to belong
I have found this arrangement very onerous, as it imposed upon me new duties, which could not be performed without a careful exami
nation of the accounts of what had heretofore been done on the survey, contained in a voluminous correspondence between the Treasury Department and the superintendeut. Tois arrangement also caused a short interruption in the progress of the work, but which has, never. theless, been prosecuted with diligence and zeal by those employed in it.
The report of Mr. Hassler, of the 17th of May last, and his supple. mentary report of the 11th of last mooth, with the maps, diaughts, and sketches accompanying the same, herewith transmitted, show the progress already made in this work under the law of 1832, and its connexion with the progress made in the same in the year 1817.
The situation of the base line on the south side of Long Island has been most fortunately selected. As any error in this line would be attended with corresponding errors in the whole work depending upon the same, the utmost care has been taken to have it ineasured with the greatest possible accuracy.
From what has been done in this survey we may reasonably hope that this important work will advance with all the aid which science, skill, and industry, can give it, and in a manner as honorable to the government under whose auspices it was begun, and has been continued, as it will be useful to the present and to future ages.
The information wanted for accurate and detailed estimates of the necessary appropriations for the continuance of the coast survey cannot easily be obtained until further experience shall enable the officers en. Igaged in it to introduce more system in the detail of duties and expenditures in their work than they have heretofore been able to do.
The sum of thirty thousand dollars was appropriated for this purpose the past year, and it is believed that an equal sum will be wanted for the ensuing year, as stated in the estimates.
Under the act of the 30th of June last, "authorizing the Secretary of the Navy to make experiments for the safety of the steam engine,” preparations have been made for testing certain proposed improvements in stean, boilers; but no such experiments have been exhibited or commu nicated to this departinent, that could properly form the subject of a report.
Since the last annual report from this department, the Legislature of Pennsylvania have, by their act of the 10th day of April last, ceded to the United States the jurisdiction over the territory now in their possession in the county of Philadelphia, and occupied for the purpose of a naval asylum for sick and disabled seamen, so long is the sanıe shall be used by the government of the United States for that purpose, with a reservation of the right to lay out a certain street, called Sutherland avenue, through the western part of said ceded territory; and with a proviso that all process, civil and criminal, of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania sball extend into, and be effected within, such territory.
The necessary references to papers aud documents connected with this report will be found in a schedule hereunto apnexed.
I have the honor to be, with great respect, your obedient, humble servant,
VESSELS IN ORDINARY..October 1, 1834. AT PORTSMOUTH, NH-Concord, sloop of war, requires to be coppered, and other slight repairs. Lexington, sloop of war, requires consi derable repairs.
AT CHARLESTown, Mass.-Columbus, ship of the line, requires large repairs. Independence, ship of the line, requires very large repairs. Constitution, frigate, in good order. Boston, sloop of war, requires new coppering, and other slight repairs.
AT BROOKLYN, N. Y.-Washington, ship of the line, requires very large repairs. Franklin, ship of the line, requires very large repairs. Ohio, hull requires extensive repairs ; few of her equipments have ever been provided. Hudson, frigate, doubtful if ft for sea service-is used as a receiving vessel. Peacock, sloop of war, requires considerable repairs and coppering.
AT PAILADELPHIA, PA.-Cyane, sloop of war, condemned for sea service, to be used as a receiving vessel. Warren, sloop of war, requires slight repairs. Sea Gull, old steam vessel, decayed, unfit for service ; her sale is recommended.
AT GOSPORT, VA.-North Carolina, ship of the line requires middling repairs and coppering. Guerriere, frigate, requires very large repairs or to be rebuilt. Java, frigate, unfit for sea service; she is used as a receive ing vessel.
VESSELS ON THE STOCKS. Those building under the law for the gradual increase of the navy, are distributed as follows:
At Portsmouth, N. H. ono ship of the line; one frigato. At Charles ! town, Mass. Iwo ships of the line; one frigate. At Brooklyn, N. Y. two frigates At Philadelphia, ove ship of the line ; one frigate. At Washfington, one frigate. At Gosport, Va, one ship of the line ; one frigate.
All these vessels are under cover, and in a good state of preservation.
A frigate is also building at Gosport, Virginia, to replace the MacedoJoian, under a special act of Congress, approved 10th July, 1832. General statement of the measures which have been taken to carry into
effect the laws for the gradual increase of the navy, approved 29th of April, 1816, and 3d March, 1821.
Under the provisions of the acts, the ships of the line Columbus, North Carolioa, and Delaware, were built and equipped for service some years since.
The ship of the line Ohio, was launched, but has never been equipped.
The frigates Brandywine, and Potomac, have been equipped and employed.
Five ships of the line and seven frigates remain upon the stocks in the different yards, all under tight houses, and in a good state of preserva. tion. They are so far advanced that they may be equipped as soun as crews could be collected for them. There are also many valuable materials on hand at the several yards, belonging to this appropriation, preparatory to the completion and equipment of the vessels ; but the amount remaining in the f'reasury, $186,613 19, would be insufficient
to supply the probable deficiency, as stated in a letter from the board to the Secretary of the Navy of the 19th June last ; but, if the services of these vessels are not expected to be soon required, no immediate appropriation will be necessary for them.
The vessels which bave not yet been launched are at the following pavy yards, viz.
Al Portsmouth, N. H., one ship of the line, and one frigate.
General statement of the neasures which have been adopted under the acts
of Congress for the gradual improvemeul of the naty, approved 3d March, 1827, and 2d March, 1833.
Live oak frame timber has been delivered under contracts, at the respective va vy yards, as follows, viz.
At Charlestown, Massachusetts, for two ships of the line, two frigates, and one sloop of war.
At Brooklyn, New York, for one frigate.
At Washington, for one frigate, and one sloop of war, together with part of the frame for another sloop of war.
At Gosport, Virginia, for two ships of the line, one frigate, and one (sioop of war.
A contract has been made for the frame timber of a frigate, and a sloop of war, at the navy yard near Portsmouth, New Hampshire ; of which about 17,304 feet have been delivered for the frigate, and about 8,284 feet for the sloop of war.
Upon a contract for the delivery of the frame of a ship of the line at Brooklyn, New York, none has been delivered, and there is reason lo fear that it may be necessary to resort to legal means to obtain a performance of the contract.
The total quantity of live oak timber on hapd, under this appropriation, on the 1st Oct , 1834, was 397,906 cubic feet, which cost $492,030 45
There have also been procured, and there were on hand at the above date, the following quantities of other timber : of white oak timber, 244,998 cubic feet, which cost 881,150 74 of white oak plank, 268,929 superficial feet, which cost 13,957 94 Of yellow pine timber, for plank, 217,182 cubic feet, which
74,328 19 Of yellow pine timber, for masts and spars, 57,730 cubic feet, which cost
35,750 37 Of white oak knees, 6,253 in number, which cost
32,852 64 Making a total cost of
238,039 88 The expenditure for labor, in receiving and stowing materials, and for other purposes not herein otherwise enumerated, up to the 1st October, has been about $138,994 32.
Of the two dry docks authorized, both were so far completed as to be available before the commencement of the last session of Congress.
The one at Charlestown was transferred from the charge of the constructing engineer, to that of the commandant of the yard, on the 9th September, 1833, and the total cost was $677,089 78.
That at Gosport, Virginia, was transferred to the charge of the commandant of that yard on the 15th of March, 1834, and the cost to that time had been 8962,459 19. Some parts of its dependencies were not chen fully completed ; and there has been since expended the sum of $11,897 50, which makes the total cost to the 1st of October, 1834, equal to 8974,356 69
Five buildings for the protection of materials have been built and paid for from this appropriation, at a cost of $136,128 34 ; and some other expenditures for similar purposes have also been made at New York and Philadelphia at a further expense of about $7,380, making a total for building and preserving materials of about $143,508 84.
Attention has also been given to the selection of public lands, and to other measures for the preservation and cultivation of live oak trees, and an expense has been incurred amounting to about $66,983 84 in the whole ; but this subject has been so recently placed under the immediate charge of the board, that they are unable to present any detailed statement upon it.
Offers have been recently accepted, and contracts will be soon made for the white oak and yellow pine timber which is required to complete the hulls of all the vessels for which frames are provided, and for the iron and copper which will be necessary for the same purpose.
It is intended to make early arrangements for procuring materials for the steain vessels authorized by the act, the board having hitherto delayed action upon this subject for the purpose of obtaining information on some important points.
The amounts which have been appropriated, and which are available to the close of the present year, are $4,000,000, aud of this sumn there remained in the Treasury and in the hands of the navy agents on the 1st of Oc!ober, 1834, the sum of $1,278,995 70.
The contracts about to be entered into for timber, iron, and copper, will amount to about 8745,500 ; the amounts required to meet existing contracts to about $97,500 ; leaving, of the amount alreudy appropriated, about $435,995 for the steam vessels, and for the purchase of other materials, and their preservation.
NAVY PENSION FUND. Slocks ouned by the Navy Pension Fund, on the 1st of November, 1834. United States Bank stock,
$601,300 00 Penusylvania 5 per cents.,
212,469 16 Maryland 5 per cents.,
140,220 72 Stock of the city of Cincinnati 5 per cents.,
100,000 00 Washington lottery stock 5 per cents.,
59,472 40 Bank of Washington stock,
14,000 00 Stock of the Union Bank of Georgetown,