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STEAMER SCOTLAND.

LETTER

FROM

THE SECRETARY OF WAR,
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IN ANSWER TO

A resolution of the House of the 9th instant, transmitting a report of the Quar

termaster General relative to the wreck of the steamer Scotland.

JANUARY 14, 1867.-Referred to the Committee on Commerce and ordered to be printed.

War DeraRTMENT,

IVashington City, January 12, 1867. Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith a report of the Quartermaster General of January 10, 1867, containing all the information in possession of the department respecting the wreck of the steamer Scotland, which is the subject of a resolution of the House of Representatives of January 9, 1867. Very respectfully, sir, your obedient servant,

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War. Hon. SCHUYLER COLFAX,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

QUARTERMASTER GENERAL'S OFFICE,

IVashington, D. C., January 10, 1867. Sir: I have the honor to return herewith resolution of the House of Representatives dated January 9, 1867, requesting to be informed what steps have been taken for the removing of the wreck of the steamer Scotland, sunk in the entrance of the channel to the harbor of New York.

In reply, I would respectfully state that no action has been taken by this office in the matter further than to obtain from prominent parties in New York, engaged in the wrecking business, estimates of the probable expense of raising the wreck.

Enclosed herewith is a copy of communication of the Quartermaster General, dated December 27, 1866, on this subject, together with a report of General Stewart Van Vliet, deputy quartermaster general United States army, who is of the opinion that it will cost $150,000 to remove this obstruction. The

papers in the case are herewith returned.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

STEWART VAN VLIET,

Acting Q. M. G., Brevet Major General U. S. A. Hon. E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

List of papers transmitted.
No. 1. Offer of J. J. Merritt to raise the steamer Scotland.

No 2. Report of General S. Van Vliet, deputy quartermaster general, relative to the steamer Scotland.

No. 3. Report of the Quartermaster General, dated December 27, 1866, returning the memorial of the marine underwriters of the city of New York, relative to clearing the obstructions in the channel at the entrance of the harbor of New York.

No. 1.

Coast WRECKING Co., 65 WALL STREET,

New York, December 16, 1866. DEAR SIR: In answer to your note asking me to make an examination and l'eport to you the cost of removing the wreck of the steamship Scotland, lying at the Outer Middle, below Sandy Hook, so as to clear the channel from all obstructions of ingress and egress, I beg to report:

That I have made an examination of the said wreck; that she is an iron vessel of 430 feet long, 38 feet beam, 33 feet hold, lying on the Outer Middle, directly in the track of vessels entering the port of New York from the south and east. She is imbedded in the sand about fifteen (15) feet, and parted amidships about five (5) feet; her decks are about even with the water.

After a careful estimate, I believe that it will require about $150,000, in addition to what may be realized from the saving of the wreck, to complete the removal of the said wreck, and make the channel free from all obstructions as before, and I will agree to remove the wreck for the above sum, completing the work to the entire satisfaction of any properly appointed party, or forfeit all pay. Yours, truly,

J.J. MERRITT. John D. Jones, Esq, President, fc.

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No. 2.

QUARTERMASTER'S OFFICE,

New York, December 24, 1866. GENERAL: In obedience to your instructions of the 21st, to ascertain and report what it will cost to remove the wreck of the steamer Scotland, now lying at the entrance of New York harbor, I have the honor to state that I have consulted with different parties in this city familiar with such business, and they inform me that it will cost $150,000 to remove any portion of the vessel. Í enclose herewith a letter from the president of the Coast Wrecking Company, who offers to remove it for that sum.

My impression is that it can be removed at a cost of $100,000, and that it will be nd, when thrown open to competition, that the lowest bid will not exceed this sum.

It would be well probably to ask for the larger sum, so as to secure the removal beyond all chance of failure. The papers

forwarded are herewith returned.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

STEWART VAN VLIET,

Brevet Major General and D. Q. M. G. Bvt. Maj. Gen. M. C. Meigs,

Quartermaster General U. S. A.

No. 3.

upon consul

QUARTERMASTER GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, D. C., December 27, 1866. Sir: I have the honor to return herewith a memorial of the marine underwriters in the city of New York, asking that an appropriation of money may be made sufficient to remove the wreck of the steamer Scotland on the bar outside of Sandy Hook, which has been referred to this office for report.

In reply, I have the honor to transmit herewith the report of Brevet Major General Van Vliet, deputy quartermaster general, who states that tation with different persons familiar with such matters, it will cost $150,000 to remove the obstructions; an offer to do the work for this sum is herewith enclosed.

General Van Vliet is of the opinion that the wreck can be removed at a cost
of $100,000 if thrown open to competition.
The papers in the case are herewith returned.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

M. C. MEIGS,

Q. M. G., But. Maj. Gen. U. S. A. Hon. E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.
I certify the foregoing papers to be true copies.

WM. D. WISE,
Bot. Brig. Gen. and A. Q. M.

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