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REPORT

of

THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY

Navy Department

December 2, 1837.

Sir:

In the performance of my duty to lay before you at this time the condition of our navy, I beg leave to submit the following report

Within the year past, the repairs of the Columbus, Ohio, and Delaware ships of the line, have been completed. The ship of the line Pennsylvania has been launched, and her equipments so far advanced as to be nearly ready to proceed to Norfolk, where they will be completed. The Erie, John Adams, and Ontario sloops of war have been repaired. The steamer Fulton, with her engines and machinery is nearly fit for service. Two sloops of war, to be called the Cyane and Levant, have been commenced under the appropriations of last year, and are nearly ready for launching, the one at Boston and the other at New York.

For a particular statement of the condition of our vessels on the stocks, as well as those afloat at our navy yards, I beg leave to refer to the report of the Commissioners of the Navy Board, herewith submitted, (marked []) and for the amount of timber, iron, and other materials, procured for the gradual improvement of the navy, to their report, (marked L.)

The squadron in the Mediterranean consists of the frigates Constitution and the United States, and the schooner Shark. This is less than the usual force upon that station, but is deemed adequate to the present exigencies of our commerce in that sea; and as vessels were much wanted for other stations, none have been sent to that since the return of the Potomac and John Adams.

The frigate Constitution must be recalled in the early part of the coming year, when an addition can be conveniently made to this squadron, and the ship of the line Pennsylvania sent to that station, should it be deemed expedient.

Our force in the Pacific at the time of my last annual report, was combed of the frigate Brandywine and the schooners Dolphin and Boxer; since which, the Brandywine, Commodore Wadsworth, has returned to the United States, and the Dolphin has been condemned and sold. The squadron now consists of the ship of the line North Carolina, Commodore Ballard, and the sloops of war Falmouth and Lexington, and the schooners Enterprise and Boxer.

This is a considerable addition to our force on that station, but not greater than a due regard for our commerce in the Pacific at this time seemed to require.

The sloop of war Erie, Commodore Renshaw, returned from the coast of Brazil on the 15th of September last; and our squadron on that station now consists of the razee Independence, Commodore John B. Nicholson,

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the sloop of war Fairfield, and the brig Dolphin. The Independence sailed from Boston on the 20th of May last, having on board our Minister to Russia, Mr. Dallas, whom Commodore Nicholson landed at Cronstadt on the 29th of July, and then proceeded to his station on the coast of Brazil.

In the West Indies, the frigate Constellation, the sloops of war Boston, Concord, Natchez, St. Louis, and Vandalia, and the schooner Grampus, composed the squadron under Commodore Dallas. To this large force has been added the sloop of war Ontario, which sailed from New York on on the 19th of August last, carrying out, in addition to her own crew, an extra number of seamen and marines.

The revenue cutlers Dexter and Jefferson, which, by consent of the Secretary of the Treasury, were transferred to Commodore Dallas, after having performed the duties required of them, have been returned to the revenue service; and the steamers American and Major Dade, also under his command, have been transferred to the army, at the request of the Secretary of War.

The employment of these revenue cutters and steamboats, under the command of Commodore Dallas, has subjected the Navy Department to heavy charges, not provided for in the appropriations for the year 1837.

The West India squadron has been most actively and efficiently employed in the complicated duties of protecting the persons and property of our merchants and other citizens, in the West Indies and the Gulf of Mexico; of co-operating with our land forces in the Florida war, and of preventing the importation of slaves.

The sloop of war Peacock, Commodore Kennedy, which, with the schooner Enterprise, sailed from New York in April, 1835, on a cruise in the East Indies, and along the coast of Asia, with a view to the protection and extension of our commerce in that quarter, returned to the United States on the 26th of October last, having successfully accomplished the objects for which the cruise was undertaken. The Enterprise was detained by Commodore Ballard on the Pacific station, where her services were required.

Commodore Read, with the frigate Columbia and the sloop of war John Adams, is ordered to perform a cruise in the East Indies, and is expected to sail in a few days. A part of his crews are detained a short time, to assist in taking the ship of the line Pennsylvania from Philadelphia to Norfolk.

For the purpose of protecting our commerce and suppressing the slave trade on the coast of Africa, our ships of war have been occasionally ordered to touch at the settlements on that coast. The most recent visits to these have been made by the brig Dolphin, on her passage out to the coast of Brazil, and by the frigate Potomac, on her return from the Mediterranean to the United States. These visits have given the highest satisfaction to the colonists on the coast and will no doubt be attended with beneficial results.

Lieutenant Commandant Gedney, in the schooner Jersey, and Lieutenant Commandant Blake, in the schooner Experiment, with their officers and crews, as sounding parties, attached to the coast survey, have been actively and very advantageously employed in the harbor of New York and waters adjacent. The discovery, by Lieutenant Commandant Gedney, of a new channel into the harbor of New York, through which the heaviest ships may pass without danger, must add greatly to the commercial advantages of that harbor, and to its value as a naval station.

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The survey of the harbors south of the Chesapeake, made by Commodore M. T. Woolsey, Captain Alexander Claxton, and Commander E. R. Shubrick, who were sent out for that purpose in the brig Porpoise, under the command of Lieutenant Commandant William Ramsay, being finished, that brig has since been employed, under the command of Lieutenant Commandant Wilkes, in the survey and examination of George's shoals, off the coast of Massachusetts.

This survey has, after much labor, been finished in the most satisfactory manner, and will add much to the safety of a navigation hitherto considered dangerous. Lieutenant Commandant Wilkes is now ordered to take command of the brig Porpoise, and make an examination and survey of the harbors of Beaufort and Wilmington, in North Carolina, and a survey of May river, from Tybec bar to the Hunting island, which surveys are required by the act of the 3d of March last, making appropriations for the naval service

Upon the application of the Board of Navy Commissioners, seventeen officers of the navy were placed under their orders for the purpose of making examinations required by the second section of an act of Congress of the 3d of March last, in relation to a selection of sites for light-houses. These officers have completed the duties assigned to them in a satisfactory manner, as the Commissioners have reported to the Secretary of the Treasury. The travelling expenses and increased pay consequent upon the employment of these officers on this duty, have been borne by the Navy Department, and have to that extent increased the naval expenditures beyond what was contemplated in the estimates for the year.

The vessels enumerated in commission on foreign stations, or about to sail, including the five vessels of the South sea exploring expedition, compose a larger naval force than we have had in commission at any time since the late war with Great Britain.

The satisfactory condition of our force abroad affords us the opportunity of providing for a home squadron for the protection of commerce on our extensive coast. Estimates for such a squadron are submitted with those for the general naval service for the year 1838.

Within the past year the number of captains of the navy has been increased from forty to fifty; of commanders, from forty-one to fifty; of lieutenants, from two hundred and sixty to two hundred and eighty; of surgeons, from forty-four to fifty; and of assistant surgeons, from fifty to sixty.

This increase of officers was deemed necessary, from the increased number of ships to be put in commission, to meet the exigencies of our growing commerce.

The numbers of surgeons and assistant surgeons have not been increased in a just proportion with those of the captains, commanders, and lieutenants, and the wants of the service require a further addition to their numbers.

As the appropriations for the South sea exploring expedition, in the law authorizing the same, amounting to three hundred thousand dollars, were inadequate to the expense of its outfit, it became necessary to submit estimates for further appropriations for this object, which was done at the last stated session of Congress.

With my letter to the President of the United States of the 6th of February last, and by him submitted to the House of Representatives, were statements of the Board of Navy Commissioners, by which it appears, that

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there had been expended upon the Macedonian, from those appropriations, about $62,000; upon the ship Relief, barks Pioneer and Consort, and schooner Pilot to be taken from the same appropriations, the sum of $168,000; and that to complete the equipments of these vessels, exclusively of provisions, instruments, and contingencies, with the preparation of which the board was not charged, it was estimated that $70,000 more would be required; making in all $300,500, exceeding by $500 the amount of the appropriations.

The estimate submitted for the annual expenses of these vessels was $346,431 60; amounting, for the three years, during which time it was intended the exploring squadron should be absent, to $1,039,293 00. In this estimate is included the sum of $43,842 50 for the annual expense of the scientific corps of the expedition, amounting, with their assistants, to the number of eighteen.

As this statement of facts could leave no doubt that the exploring expedition would cost nearly, if not quite, a million and a half of dollars, and as it greatly exceeded in number of vessels and men the most successful expeditions of a like character heretofore sent out by the maritime powers of Europe, it was believed that its amount would have been reduced by withholding a part of the appropriations asked for by the estimates. This, however, was not deemed expedient, and the full appropriations were made by the act of the 3d of March last.

Before this time, Lieutenant Commandant Tatnall, who had performed a cruise to the coast of Mexico in the Pioneer, reported so unfavorably on her sailing, that it was deemed proper to examine into her condition, as well as that of the bark Consort and schooner Pilot, which, with the Pioneer, had been built expressly for this expedition, and which, in point of sailing, were not considered equal to the Pioneer.

On the 10th of April, Commodore Jones was informed that the Commissioner of the Navy had made arrangements to have a thorough examination of the barks Pioneer and Consort, and the schooner Pilot, with a view to ascertain their sufficiency for the service contemplated; that the chief constructor, Col. Humphries, and Mr. Grice, naval architect, were ordered on this duty, and Commodore Jones was requested to join them, which he did.

On the 20th of April, at his own suggestion, he was instructed, with the vessels of his squadron, except the Macedonian, to proceed to sea, and make a full trial of their sailing qualities; and was directed to return to Norfolk within twenty days after sailing.

Commodore Jones, on his return from his experimental cruise, reported favorably of the sailing qualities of the vessels; but recommended that they should he put into dry dock, for the purpose of the examination which had been proposed, and for such repairs and alterations as might be deemed necessary. Measures were taken for doing this as soon as the ship of the line Delaware, then under a course of repairs, could be taken out of the dock.

On the 30th of May, Commodore Warrington was directed to prepare the Pioneer, Consort, and Pilot, for going into dock. As Commodore Jones had required that another schooner should be added to his squadron, without which he should not consider the expedition complete or efficient, it seemed the more proper that the condition of these vessels should be thoroughly examined.

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On the 8th of June, a board of five officers, Commodores Chauncey, Morris, Warrington, Patterson, and Wadsworth, was ordered to make such examination, and to inquire whether the expedition might not be reduced in number of vessels and men, with advantage to the country, and without prejudice to the success of the expedition. This inquiry I wished made, from the consideration that the difficulty of procuring the necessary funds for fitting out this squadron was greatly increased by the suspension of specie payments by the banks, which had then taken place, which difficulty had not been foreseen by Congress when the large appropriations for the expedition were granted, and which made it the duty of the different departments of Government to limit the usual and authorized expenditures, as far as the same could be done without injury to the public service; and from the consideration that, should a part of the vessels of the squadron be found unfit for the service required, it would be better that the squadron should sail with a reduced force, than wait until other vessels could he substituted.

On the 13th of July, the board reported that the occupation of the dock at Gosport, and the employment of some of the members of the board, prevented a meeting until the 30th of June. That the barks and schooner were put into dock and examined; certain alterations recommended, which could soon be completed, by which the vessels "might be made to answer the purposes proposed sufficiently well to justify their employment."

The board state that, had they "been called upon before any preparations had been made, to state the number and character of the vessels which, in their opinion, would be best calculated to secure the attainment of these proposed objects, they certainly would not have recommended those which have been prepared." They were of opinion that a smaller number would have answered the purposes; yet, from a consideration of the expense incurred, the time spent in preparing the force, and other circumstances which they enumerate, and as the officer selected to command the expedition was satisfied with the vessels, they came to the conclusion, that no reduction could be made in their amount at this late period, without prejudice to the success of the expedition. They, however, recommended a reduction of the number of officers and men to about five hundred, exclusive of the scientific corps. To this reduction, although, in my opinion, a very proper one, Commodore Jones made such decided objections, that I thought proper to yield to his wishes, and so informed him; and his force was continued at six hundred and three officers and men, exclusive of the scientific corps.

Before the proposed alterations could be completed. Commodore Jones discovered that the cooking galleys, originally ordered at his request, made upon a new plan for burning anthracite coal, would not answer the purpose proposed; and on the 1st of August he requested they might be replaced by others. The galleys wanted have been made with all possible despatch, at the navy yard at this place, and the last of them was sent to Norfolk on the 6th October.

On the 26th of September, I issued orders to Commodore Jones to proceed with the vessels of his squadron from Norfolk to New York, as soon as they could be prepared for removal. He was not able to sail from Norfolk before the 12th of October, and arrived at the harbor of New York on the 16th of that month.

As I believed the schooner Pilot, notwithstanding the alterations made in

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her, was not well fitted for service in the expedition, I gave to Commodore Jones the privilege of purchasing such a fast sailing schooner as he might select, to be substituted for the Pilot. In consequence of which, on the 8th of September, he purchased the schooner Clara, now called the Active, for eight thousand dollars; upon which he was authorized to put such repairs and improvements as he might think necessary, at the navy yard, New York.

Although the vessels had not heretofore been in a situation to receive the scientific corps, and I could not, with propriety, order them to report to the commodore for duty, yet, I thought it proper to put them upon pay; which was done on the 4th day of July last. And I requested Commodore Jones, if his convenience would permit, to meet a large portion of them at Philadelphia, for the purpose of having a perfect understanding with them, as to their accommodation, with their books, instruments. &c., on board the vessels of his squadron. This meeting took place in July, and such arrangements, I understood, were made, as were perfectly satisfactory to the commodore and to the gentlemen of the scientific corps.

As it was necessary to procure a great variety of articles for the gentlemen of the scientific corps, for which requisitions could not conveniently be made without a consumption of much time, I found it necessary to place funds in the hands of one gentleman of the corps in Philadelphia, and one in New York. I also placed five thousand dollars in the hands of Commodore Jones, on the 29th of August last, for the purpose of purchasing such articles for the expedition as it was inconvenient to make requisitions for; and on the 12th of October placed twelve thousand dollars, subject to his drafts, for like purposes, in the hands of his purser. This unusual course was adopted that there might be no delay in the sailing of the expedition.

The objects of removing the squadron from Norfolk to New York, as stated by Commodore Jones, were to complete the stores, and to introduce some proper apparatus for heating the vessels in cold latitudes. These, I took it for granted, would not require more than two or three weeks for their completion; and from the general order of Commodore Jones at Norfolk, I felt a confidence the expedition would leave the United States in the month of November. I, therefore, as soon as I knew of the arrival of the squadron in New York, directed the gentlemen of the scientific corps to report to Commodore Jones for duty.

On the 3d of November, I wrote to Commodore Jones that the chronometers for his squadron were ready at the depot, in this place, and requested him to send two competent officers to take charge of them. On the 10th of the month I sent him sailing instructions, to be carried into effect as soon as his vessels were, in all respects, ready for sea, and on the 16th of the month, twenty-five chronometers, in good order, were delivered to the officers sent for them.

Had I known the extent of work required for the vessels of the squadron, after their arrival at New York, I should not so soon have directed the scientific corps to report, or have issued my sailing instructions.

By a letter from Commodore Ridgely of the 21st of November, I find that the work upon the vessels of this squadron, after their arrival at New York, up to the 15th of the month, amounted to four thousand six hundred and thirty-one dollars; and that there remained to be done, after that day,

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to the amount of two thousand three hundred and thirty-three dollars, all of which requires much more time than I had anticipated.

All this work, I believe, however, is necessary, and would not have been ordered by Commodore Jones if the health and comfort of his crews, and the safety of the expedition, had not depended, upon it; and, impatient as the public is that the expedition should sail immediately, it is better that there should still be some days' or weeks' delay, than that it should sail before the vessels are fully prepared.

The Commissioners of the Navy hold no correspondence with the commanders of vessels in commission, except in relation to their supplies of provisions and stores. The steps, therefore, taken by Commodore Jones, under his discretionary powers, to have the vessels of his squadron fitted out as he should deem most expedient, were not under the control of the commissioners, nor subjected to the strict regulations generally observed in fitting out vessels for foreign stations.

It was believed, however, that but little work remained to be done on the vessels after their sailing from Norfolk, and that but a small advance would be required for completing the stores. Yet it appears, from the letter of Commodore Ridgely, before cited, that the expenditures required at New York for these vessels amount to the sum of $6,932 89, and for the schooner Active, including sea stores, the sum of $14,700 96; in all, $21,633 85. To these must be added purchases, made by authority of Commodore Jones, of articles, for which requisitions have not been required, the amount of which is not known.

In my last report to the House of Representatives, of the 13th of October last, I expressed an opinion that no further appropriation would be wanted for the expedition for the present year; but in ascertaining all the expenditures for the vessels since they left Norfolk, and what is still required for their equipment, it may be found that a further appropriation will be wanted tor the present year, the amount of which cannot now be stated.

In obedience to a law of the 3d of March, 1835, authorizing the construction of a dry dock for the naval service in the harbor of New York, or in its adjacent waters, I caused soundings and other examinations to be made by an able engineer, Loammi Baldwin, Esq., for the purpose of selecting a proper site for such dry dock. The report of Mr. Baldwin was decidedly in favor of the present navy yard at Brooklyn, as this site; which was accordingly recommended in my report to the House of Representatives. This it appears, however, was not satisfactory: and on the 3d of June, 1836, the House of Representatives, by their resolution, directed this department to ascertain, as far as practicable, the practicability of establishing a navy yard at or near Barn island, in the straits called the East river, which connects Long Island sound with New York bay; also at Perth Amboy and Jersey City, in the State of New Jersey; the comparative advantages and disadvantages of those sites, and the site of the navy yard at the Wallabout, on Long island, for the purposes of a navy yard; the expense of erecting the works recommended by Colonel Baldwin at the Wallabout, according to the plan prescribed by that engineer; the expense of a dry dock at each of the above positions; the expense of purchasing the necessary quantity of land, and erecting buildings of equal convenience with those now owned by the United States at the Wallabout, and the probable amount for which the lands, buildings, and other property of the United States at the Wallabout might be disposed of, if offered for sale.

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Under this resolution, I employed Mr. Baldwin to make the necessary examinations and inquiries, and on the 10th of December last, submitted to the House Mr. Baldwin's very elaborate report, by which it, would appear that the navy yard at Brooklyn, according to his former report, should be selected as the site of the proposed dry dock.

On the 22d of February last, the House of Representatives resolved, that the Secretary of the Navy be directed to cause an examination to be made of the various positions not heretofore examined within the waters of the New York bay and its vicinity, which are adapted to the establishment and construction of dry docks, and to report their comparative advantages and disadvantages to the House of Representatives at the opening of the next session of Congress.

Under this resolution. I employed Professor James Renwick, of New York, to make the necessary examinations. He surveyed, with great labor and care, a bay at Constable's Point, in New Jersey, called Kill Van Kull, which, in his opinion, presents many advantages as a station for a dry dock and navy yard; which will be communicated to the House of Representatives in a separate report.

It is greatly to be regretted that so much time has been lost in making the proper selection for the site of this dry dock, the completion of which would be of the greatest advantage to the naval service.

In my last annual report, I stated that previously to the passing of the act of the 30th of June, 1834, for the better organization of the United States marine corps, double rations had been allowed to the commandant of the corps, and to the officers of the same, commanding at the navy yards at Portsmouth, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Norfolk, and at Pensacola; to the senior marine officers in the squadrons in the Mediterranean, the West Indies, on the Brazilian coast, and in the Pacific ocean; all receiving the sanction of Congress, by their appropriations. By this act, the officers of the marine corps are to receive the same pay, emoluments, and allowances, as are given to officers of similar grades in the infantry of the army.

The act of the 16th of March, 1802, fixing the peace establishment of the United States, authorizes allowances to the commanding officers of each separate post, of such additional number of rations as the President of the United States shall, from time to time, direct. These provisions of the last act were continued by an act of the 3d of March, 1815. fixing the military peace establishment.

The paymaster of the marine corps made payments for double rations to officers heretofore receiving the same, from the 1st of July to the 30th of September, 1834; but the accounting officers of the Treasury did not think proper to allow the same, inasmuch as the commands of these officers had never been designated as separate stations, agreeably to the rule prescribed for the army.

This was a case of difficulty which, it was respectfully suggested, required legislative interference; which suggestion I beg leave to repeat.

The rule for allowing double or increased rations should be fixed by law. This subject has received the attention, but not the final action of Congress.

The report of Commodores Stewart and Dallas, and Captain Bolton, who were appointed a board to prepare plans for the improvement of the navy yard at Pensacola, contains no estimates of the expense of carrying the proposed improvements into effect; and as that expense must be necessarily

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very great, it was deemed proper to employ an able engineer to make the necessary estimates.

Col. Loammi Baldwin, under whose superintendence our two dry docks were constructed, was applied to for this purpose, and an arrangement made with him to perform this service, if the professional business he had engaged to perform in the State of Georgia would permit, of which there would have been but little doubt; but his loss of health on this previous duty was such as to leave no hope that he could, during the proper season, make the examinations and estimates required.

An arrangement has since been made with Col. Totten, of the army, with the assent of the Secretary of War, to make these examinations and estimates, and he is now on his way to Pensacola for this purpose. It is hoped that, in the course of this and the next month, this important duty may be performed in a satisfactory manner by the officer to whom it is entrusted.

NAVY PENSION FUND.

The number of invalid pensioners payable out of this fund is

356

And the annual sum required to pay them is

$28,895 70

The number of widow pensioners is

238

And the annual sum required to pay them is

47,820 00

The number of minor children pensioners is

81

And the annual sum required to pay them is

11,052 00

The whole number of pensioners is

678

And the present annual charge is

$87,767 70

This statement is complete to the 1st of October, 1827.

The amount of arrears to invalids under the act of the 3d of March, 1837, is

$117,949 85 2/3

The amount of arrears to widows is

270,125 37 [1/3]

The amount of arrears to children is

190,341 89

Total of arrears as ascertained to the 1st of October, 1837, and paid to 1st of July, 1837, under the same act, is

$578,417 12

The amount of stocks owned by the navy pension fund on the 1st of October, 1837, was

$1,049,232 25

On the 8th of November, 1837, there was sold Pennsylvania stock belonging to the fund, to the nominal amount of

$55,000 00

And United States Bank stock paid for by the Secretary of the Treasury

641,600 00

$696,600 00

Therefore, the present amount of stocks will be only

$352,632 25

But of the proceeds of the United States Bank stock, about

200,000 00

may be invested in stock, and the capital of the fund for the next year may be stated at.

$552,632 25

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PRIVATEER PENSION FUND.

It was mentioned in my last annual report, that this fund would probably be exhausted previously to January, 1838; accordingly the last stock was sold in May last, and the proceeds applied to pensions. The number of pensioners payable out of this fund is 36.

And the annual amount required to pay them $2,920.

Pensions to invalids were, according to law, granted to be paid during life, or continuance of disability; it is therefore recommended, as in my last report, that provision be made to pay these pensioners.

It is estimated that the annual sum of $1,000 00 will be sufficient, not only for this purpose, but also to pay the debts of the fund, and satisfy any claims that may be allowed under existing laws.

On the 1st of January next, six months pay will be due, and should a law not be made early enough to authorize the payment at that time, most of the pensioners will, in all probability, be much distressed and disappointed.

NAVY HOSPITAL FUND.

The balance in the Treasury to the credit of this fund on the 1st of October, 1830, was

$75,717 36

And the receipts to the 1st of October, 1837

19,293 00

$95,010 36

Expenditures to 1st October, 1837

808 00

Balance 1st October, 1837

$94,202 36

The particulars from which the above statements are made will be seen in the documents accompanying this report, marked from N1 to N11.

A separate report, in obedience to a resolution of the Senate of the 13th of October last, will be made, of the state, condition, and amount, of the navy pension fund, the operation and effect upon the fund by the act of the 3d of March last, for the more equitable administration of the navy pension fund, and the number and names of persons placed on the pension list, the times when pensions were granted to them, and the amount of money paid to each under said act.

The duties imposed upon this department by the operation of this act are extremely onerous; and require, as I would most respectfully suggest, the aid of a separate bureau, under a proper head as Commissioner of Navy Pensions, with powers and duties similar to those of the Commissioner of Pensions of the War Department.

In compliance with the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 3d of March, 1836, a board of officers was appointed to ascertain the efficiency, and test the safety, of the medium or light guns of the navy, and to compare their effects with those of the guns for which they were proposed to be substituted. The necessary preparations and other causes prevented a completion of these duties until the 28th of September last.

From the report made by the board on that day, it appears that, after subjecting the medium or light guns to severe tests, they were all satisfied with their safety when used with proper charges.

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They were also unanimously of opinion that the medium thirty-two pounders were to be preferred to the heavy twenty-four pounders for the upper gun decks of ships of the line; and three of the five commissioners would prefer the medium thirty-two pounders to twenty-four pounders, for the gun decks of heavy frigates.

The comparative advantages between the light twenty-four pounders and the forty-two pound carronades, seem to leave the question of relative efficiency to depend upon the circumstances of space in our own vessels, and the distance of an enemy in case of action; which, being variable in themselves, their relative efficiency, would probably be estimated differently by different individuals.

A copy of the report of the board is hereto annexed, marked V. Commodore T. ap Catesby Jones having presented to the board his individual views in a letter, an extract of such parts of the same as relates to the subject of the resolution, is also annexed, marked W.

Upon a late report that an atrocious piracy had been committed near our coast upon the packet Susquehannah, our officers and seamen, with great alacrity, volunteered their services to go in pursuit of the supposed pirate, In performing this duty they encountered unusual hardships and privations, for which their usual pay and emoluments form no adequate compensation. I would respectfully suggest the propriety of making provision by law for giving suitable rewards in this case, as well as in like cases, which may hereafter occur.

In my annual report of December, 1835, I took the liberty of suggesting the necessity of establishing a national foundry for the purpose of casting cannon, shot, and shells, as well for the army as navy. This subject I beg leave to bring to your notice as one of great importance.

An establishment for the manufacture of powder for the army and navy is one of nearly equal importance. It is believed that under a joint board of officers of the army and navy, these objects may be effected with great advantage to the country.

It is my duty to state that the building occupied as offices of the Navy Department is not such as to afford the proper and convenient accommodations to the officers and clerks employed. The want of rooms for the documents and vouchers of the department has made it necessary to crowd the halls and passages of the building with wooden boxes filled with papers. This adds much to the danger from fire, to which the building, with its valuable contents, is daily exposed. It is hoped measures may be adopted for extending the building, and for the safe keeping of the valuable records and papers it contains.

By the statement marked U, hereto annexed, it will appear that of the appropriations heretofore made for the suppression of the slave-trade, there remained in the Treasury, on the 23d of November last, $10,763 74.

The necessary references to papers and documents connected with this report will be found in a schedule hereunto annexed.

All which is respectfully submitted. MAHLON DICKERSON,

To the President of the United States.

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SCHEDULE OF PAPERS

Accompanying the report of the Secretary of the Navy to the President of the United States, of December 2, 1837.

A. Estimate for the office of the Secretary of the Navy.

B. Estimate for the office of the Commissioners of the Navy.

C. Estimate for expenses of the southwest Executive building.

D. The general estimate for the navy.

Detailed estimate D1, for vessels in commission.

D2, for receiving vessels.

D3, for recruiting stations.

D4, yards and stations—pay of officers and others at.

D5, for officers waiting orders and on furlough. D6, for provisions.

D7, for improvements and repairs of navy yards.

E. Special—for hospitals.

E1, for magazines.

E2, for receiving vessels.

F. Estimates for the marine corps.

G. List of vessels in commission of each squadron, their commanders and stations. H. List of vessels in ordinary.

I.  List of vessels on the stocks.

K. Report of proceedings under law for the gradual increase of the navy.

L. Report of proceedings under law for the gradual improvement of the navy.

M. Report of measures taken in relation to the two sloops of war and six small vessels which were authorized by the act of appropriation for the navy, approved March 3, 1837.

N1 to N11

Navy pension fund--list of pensioners, &c.

Privateer pension fund—list of pensioners. &c. Navy hospital fund.

R. List of deaths in the navy.

S. List of dismissions from the navy.

T. List of resignations in the navy.

U. Proceedings under law for suppression of the slave trade.

V. Report of commissioners for testing certain naval ordnance.

W. Letter and report of Commodore T. ap Catesby Jones, one of the commissioners for testing naval ordnance.

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A.

ESTIMATE of the sums required for the support of the office of the Secretary of the Navy, for the year 1838.

Secretary of the Navy

$6,000

Six clerks, per act of April 20, 1818

$8,200

One clerk, per act of May 20, 1824

1,000

One clerk, per act of March 2, 1827

1,000

10,200

One clerk of navy and privateer pension, and navy hospital funds, per act of July 10, 1832

1,600

Messenger and assistant messenger

1,050

Contingent expenses

3,000

5,650

The amount necessary to continue the increase of the salaries of the clerks in this office, as allowed by an act of the second session of the 24th Congress, which expires with the next session of the 25th Congress, will be

1,570

$23,420

Proposed.

For one additional clerk

1,000

$24,420

B.

ESTIMATE of the sums required for the support of the Navy Commissioners' office for the year 1838.

For the salaries of the Commissioners of the Navy Board

$10,500

For the salary of their secretary

2,000

For the salaries of their clerks, draughtsman, and messenger, per acts of April 20, 1818, May 24, 1824, and March 2, 1827

8,450

For contingent expenses

1,800

$22,750

The salaries of the different clerks are stated as they are regulated by the acts which are quoted above, and without reference to the increase granted at a late session of Congress, which will expire with the next session of Congress; the amount necessary to meet this special appropriation will be

1,345

$24,095

Proposed.

For one additional clerk

1,000

Total required for Navy Commissioners' office

$25,095

The services of an additional clerk are necessary to enable the board so to distribute the duties of the clerks of their office, as to secure correct

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accounts of the quantity and distribution of timber; the condition, qauntities, and the cost of vessels; and to aid the chief naval constructor in preparing, building, and other instructions for the guidance of the constructors at yards in building and preparing vessels, and for contractors.

I. CHAUNCEY.

Navy Commissioners' Office,

November 24, 1837.

C.

ESTIMATE of the sums required for the expenses of the southwest Executive building for the year 1838.

Superintendent

$250

Two watchmen, at $500 each

1,000

Contingent expenses, including,
fuel, labor, oil, repairs of building,
engine, and improvement of the grounds

3,350

$4,600

D.

There will be required for the general service of the navy, during the year 1838, in addition to the balances which may remain on hand on the 1st day of January, 1838, the sum of five million one hundred and eighty-five thousand one hundred and twenty-four dollars and ninety-one cents.

Estimated for 1838, including surveying and exploring expedition.

Appropriated for 1837, including surveying and exploring expedition.

1st. For the pay of commission, warrant, and petty officers, and seamen

$2,344,854 91

$2,454,686 00

2d. For pay of superintendents, naval constructors, and all the civil establishments at the several yards

69,770 00

69,470 00

3d. For provisions

660,000 00

762,865 00

4th. For the repairs of vessels in ordinary, and the repairs and wear and tear of vessels in commission

1,250,000 00

1,250,000 00

5th. For medicines and surgical instruments, hospital stores, and other expenses on account of the sick

75,000 00

39,000 00

6th. For the improvement and necessary repairs of navy yards, viz:

Portsmouth

20,000 00

47,700 00

Charlestown

74,000 00

124,000 00

Brooklyn

61,000 00

62,500 00

--729--

ESTIMATE D—Continued.

Estimated
for 1838

Approp'd
for 1837

Philadelphia

$21,500 00

$34,850 00

Washington

30,000 00

52,850 00

Gosport

77,500 00

140,500 00

Pensacola

76,500 00

78,000 00

7th. For ordnance and ordnance stores

65,000 00

72,000 00

8th. For contingent expenses that may accrue for the following purposes, viz:

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; for funeral expenses; for commissions, clerk hire, office rent, stationery and fuel for navy agents; for premiums and incidental expenses of recruiting; for apprehending deserters; for compensation to judge advocate; for per diem allowance to persons attending courts martial and courts of inquiry, or other services as authorized by law; for printing and stationery of every description, and for working the lithographic press; for books, maps, charts, mathematical and nautical instruments, chronometers, models, and drawings; for the purchase and repairs of fire engines and machinery; for the repair of steam engines in navy yards; 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 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 for the use of navy yards and shore stations, and for no other object whatever.

450,000 00

487,600 00

9th. For contingent expenses for objects not herein before enumerated

3,000 00

3,000 00

--730--

ESTIMATE D-Continued.

Estimated
for 1838

Approp'd
for 1837

Estimated for 1838

$5,185,124 91

$5,679,021 00

Appropriated for 1837

5,679,024 00

Estimate for 1838 less than appropriation for 1837

$493,896 09

For special objects.

For launching and securing the ship of the line Pennsylvania

$100,000 00

For building and equipping two sloops of war from frames already provided, &c.

286,000 00

And for building six small vessels of war, &c.

400,000

For a new hospital building and an assistant surgeon's bouse at Pensacola, &c.

$31,500 00

47,500 00

For erecting sea-wall, enclosing hospital grounds, &c. at Norfolk

9,000 00

18,000 00

For graduating and enclosing grounds, &c. at naval asylum, Philadelphia

2,600 00

10,460 00

For extending hospital building, N. York

60,000 00

66,000 00

For completing hospital building, &c., Boston

3,500 00

1,350 00

For sea wall and repairs of the enclosure of the magazine upon Ellis's island, New York

3,800 00

1,250 00

For completing enclosure of the magazine, wharf, &c., Boston

2,750 00

For the purchase of land from the town of Portsmouth, enclosed by the walls of the navy yard, Gosport, Virginia

4,779 00

For the purchase of vessels to be used for receiving vessels at Philadelphia and Baltimore

25,000 00

For the repairs of the magazine, filling house, wharf, and railway, at Norfolk

750 00

For building wall round magazine at Pensacola

3,000 00

Estimated for 1838

$139,150 00

$932,089 00

Appropriated for 1837

932,089 00

Estimated for 1838 less than appropriated for 1837

$792,939 00

Total estimates for 1838.

General

$5,185,124 91

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ESTIMATE D—Continued.

Estimated for 1837.

Approp'd for 1837.

Special

139,150 00

$5,324,274 91

Total appropriation for 1837.

General

$5,679,021 00

6,611,110 00

Special

932,089 00

Total estimates for 1838,

Less than total appropriation for 1837

$1,286,835 09

Navy Commissioners' Office,

November 24, 1837.

I. CHAUNCEY,

C. MORRIS,

ALEX. S. WADSWORTH.

D1.

ESTIMATE of the amount of pay that will be required, for the year 1838, for the following vessels in commission: two ships of the line, one razee, three frigates, first class, two frigates, second class, ten sloops of war, first, and two of the second class, seven brigs and schooners, one steamer, and four vessels for the exploring expedition, being part of the first item, in the general estimate for that year.

Six commanders of squadrons

$24,000 00

One ship of the line, three decks

196,515 25

One ship of the line, two decks

152,455 25

One razee

114,619 25

Three frigates, first class

266,715 75

Two frigates, second class

151,681 18

Ten sloops of war first class

437,399 16

Two sloops of war, second class

79,439 82

Seven brigs and schooners

126,722 75

One steamer

36,047 25

Four vessels for exploring squadron

132,119 25

Thirty-two vessels

1,717,714 91

Appropriated for 1837

$1,845,940 75

Estimated for 1838

1,717,714 91

This sum, less estimated for 1838 than was appropriated for 1837

128,225 84

Note.—This diminution arises from a difference in the number and classes of vessels proposed to be employed in 1837 and 1838.

I. CHAUNCEY,

Navy Commissioners' Office, Nov. 24. 1837.

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D2.

ESTIMATE of the number and pay of officers, &c., required for five receiving vessels for the year 1838, being part of the first item in the general estimate.

Boston

New York

Philadelphia

Baltimore

Norfolk

Total number

Aggregate amount

Commanders

1

1

1

1

4

$8,400 00

Lieutenants

3

3

2

2

3

13

19,560 00

Masters

1

1

1

4

4,000 00

Pursers

1

1

3

1,987 50

Passed midshipmen

2

2

6

4,500 00

Midshipmen

6

6

3

3

6

24

8,400 00

Boatswains

1

1

1

3

1,500 00

Boatswains mates

1

1

1

1

1

5

1,140 00

Gunner's mates

1

1

1

3

684 00

Carpenter's mates

1

1

1

1

4

912 00

Masters-at-arms

1

1

1

3

648 00

Ship's stewards

1

1

1

1

1

5

1,080 00

Officer's stewards

1

1

1

1

1

5

1,080 00

Ship's cooks

1

1

1

1

1

5

1,080 00

Officer's cooks

2

2

1

2

7

1,512 00

Seamen

2

2

2

2

2

10

1,440 00

Ordinary seamen

6

6

4

2

6

21

2,880 00

Boys

10

10

3

2

10

35

2,940 00

42

42

22

15

42

163

63,683 50

Appropriated for 1837

193,787 50

Less estimated for 1838 than was appropriated in 1837

130,104 00

Note.-This reduction of $130,104 arises from a reduction in the number of officers and others for the receiving vessels at Boston, New York, and Norfolk. The estimates for 1837 contemplated that ships of the line prepared for service, excepting provisions and perishable shores, should be used for this purpose at these stations, with a complement of officers and a partial complement of petty officers and seamen, for the double purpose of giving the recruits better preparatory training for sea service, and to have a respectable force ready for any unexpected demand. It having been determined that this plan should be relinquished in part, the estimates have been prepared accordingly.

I. CHAUNCEY.

Navy Commissioners' Office, Nov. 24, 1837.

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D3.

ESTIMATE of the pay of the officers attached to five recruiting stations, for the year 1838, being part of the first item in the general estimate.

Boston

New York

Philadelphia

Baltimore

Norfolk

Total

Aggregate amount

Commanders

1

1

1

1

1

5

$10,500 00

Lieutenants

2

2

2

2

2

10

15,000 00

Surgeons

1

1

1

1

1

5

8,750 00

Midshipmen

2

2

2

2

2

10

3,500 00

6

6

6

6

6

30

37,750 00

I. CHAUNCEY.

Navy Commissioners' Office. Nov. 24, 1837.

D4.

ESTIMATE of the pay of the officers and others at navy yards and stations, for the year 1838.

YARDS AND STATIONS.

No.

PORTSMOUTH, N. H.

Pay.

Aggregate.

1

Captain

$3,500

1

Commander

2,100

1

Lieutenant

1,500

1

Master

1,000

3

Midshipmen, at $350

1,050

1

Surgeon

1,800

1

Boatswain

500

1

Gunner

500

1

Carpenter

500

1

Sailmaker

500

1

Purser, including all allowances

941 75

1

Steward

210

$14,107 75

--734--

D4-Continued.

No.

PORTSMOUTH, N. H.,-Continued

Pay

Aggregate

Ordinary

1

Lieutenant

$1,500

1

Carpenter's mate

228

6

Seamen, at $144

864

12

Ordinary seamen, at $120

1,440

$4,032 00

Civil

1

Storekeeper

1,400

1

Master builder and inspector of timber

1,200

1

Clerk to the yard

900

1

Clerk to the commandant

900

1

Clerk to the storekeeper

500

1

Clerk to the master builder

400

1

Porter

300

5,600 00

Total

$23,739 75

 


 

No

BOSTON.

Pay

Aggregate

1

Captain

$3,500

1

Commander

2,100

2

Lieutenants, at $1,500 each

3,000

2

Masters, at 1,000 each

2,000

1

Surgeon

1,800

2

Assistant surgeons, at $950 each

1,900

1

Chaplain

1,200

2

Professors, at $1,200 each

2,100

4

Midshipmen, at $350 each

1,400

1

Boatswain

500

1

Gunner

500

1

Carpenter

500

1

Sailmaker

500

1

Purser, including all allowances

1,141 75

1

Steward

216

1

Steward, assistant to purser

360

$23,017 75

Ordinary.

3

Lieutenants, at $1,500 each

4,500

1

Master

1,000

6

Midshipmen, at $350 each

2,100

1

Boatswain

500

1

Gunner

500

--735--

D4—Continued.

No.

BOSTON—Continued.

Pay

Aggregate

1

Carpenter

$500

1

Carpenter's mates, 3 as caulkers, at $228 ea.

912

2

Boatswain's mates, at $228 each

456

14

Seamen, at $144 each

2,016

36

Ordinary seamen, at $120 each

4,320

$16,804 00

Hospital.

1

Surgeon

1,750

1

Assistant surgeon

950

1

Steward

360

2

Nurses, at $120 each {When the number}

240

2

Washers, at $96 each {of sick shall re-}

192

1

Cook {quire them}

144

3,636 00

Civil.

1

Storekeeper

1,700

1

Master builder

2,300

1

Measurer and inspector of timber

900

1

Clerk to the yard

900

1

Clerk to the commandant

900

1

Clerk (2d) to the commandant

750

1

Clerk to the storekeeper

750

1

Clerk (2d) to the storekeeper

450

1

Clerk to the master builder

650

1

Keeper of the magazine

480

1

Porter

300

[9480] 00

Total

$53,537 75

Note.—The surgeon and assistant surgeon of the yard are to be required to attend to the duties of the yard, receiving ship, and marines; one always to be on board the receiving ship.

No.

NEW YORK

Pay.

Aggregate.

1

Captain

$3,500

1

Commander

2,100

2

Lieutenants, at $1,500 each

3,000

2

Masters, at $1,000 each

2,000

1

Surgeon

1,800

2

Assistant surgeons, at $950 each

1,900

1

Chaplain

1,200

2

Professors, at $1,200 each

2,400

--736--

D4—Continued.

NEW YORK-Continued

Pay

Aggregate

4

Midshipmen, at $350 each

$1,400

1

Boatswain

500

1

Gunner

500

1

Carpenter

500

1

Sailmaker

500

1

Purser, including all allowances

1,141 75

1

Steward

216

1

Steward, assistant to purser

300

$23,017 75

Ordinary.

3

Lieutenants, at $1,500 each

4,500

1

Master

1,000

6

Midshipmen, at $350 each

2,100

1

Boatswain

500

1

Gunner

500

1

Carpenter

500

4

Carpenter's mates, 3 as caulkers, at $228 ea.

912

2

Boatswain's mates, at $228 each

456

14

Seamen, at $144 each

2,016

36

Ordinary seamen, at $120 each

4,320

16,804 00

Hospital.

1

Surgeon

1,750

1

Assistant surgeon

950

1

Steward

360

2

Nurses, at $120 each, {When the number}

240

2

Washers, at $96 each {of sick shall re-}

192

1

Cook {quire them}

144

3,636 00

Civil.

1

Storekeeper

1,700

1

Master builder

2,300

1

Inspector and measurer of timber

900

1

Clerk to the yard

900

1

Clerk to the commandant

900

1

Clerk (2d) to the commandant

750

1

Clerk to the storekeeper

750

1

Clerk (2d) to the storekeeper

450

1

Clerk to the master builder

650

1

Keeper of magazine

480

1

Porter

300

10,080 00

Total

$53,535 76

Note.—The surgeon and assistant surgeon of the yard are to be required to attend to the duties of the yard, receiving ship and marines; one always to be on board the receiving ship.

--737--

D4—Continued.

No.

PHILADELPHIA.

Pay.

Aggregate.

1

Captain

$3,500

1

Commander

2,100

1

Lieutenant

1,500

1

Master

1,000

1

Surgeon

1,800

1

Assistant surgeon

950

1

Chaplain

1,200

1

Boatswain

500

1

Gunner

500

1

Carpenter

500

1

Purser, including all allowances

75

216

$14,907 75

Ordinary.

1

Lieutenant

1,500

1

Boatswain's mate

228

4

Seamen, at $144

576

12

Ordinary seamen, at $120

1,440

3,744 00

Naval asylum and hospital.

1

Lieutenant

1,500

1

Surgeon

1,750

1

Assistant surgeon

950

1

Steward

360

2

Nurses, at $120 {When the number}

240

2

Washers, at $96 {of the sick shall}

192

1

Cook {require them.}

144

5,136 00

Civil.

1

Storekeeper

1,250

1

Naval constructor

2,300

1

Inspector and measurer of timber

900

1

Clerk to the yard

900

1

Clerk to the commandant

900

1

Clerk to the storekeeper

500

1

Clerk to naval constructor

400

1

Porter

300

7,450 00

Total

$31,237 75

Note.—The surgeon and assistant surgeon of the yard are both to attend to the yard, receiving vessels, and marines.

--738--

D4—Continued.

No.

WASHINGTON.

Pay.

Aggregate.

1

Captain

$3,500

1

Commandant

2,100

1

Lieutenant

1,500

2

Masters, one in charge of ordnance, at $1,000

2,000

1

Surgeon

1,800

1

Assistant surgeon

950

1

Chaplain

1,200

1

Boatswain

500

1

Gunner as laboratory officer

500

1

Carpenter

500

1

Purser, including all allowances

1,141 75

1

Steward

216

1

Steward, assistant to purser

300

Steward to hospital

216

$16,483 75

Ordinary.

1

Boatswain's mate

228

1

Carpenter's mate

228

6

Seamen, at $144

804

14

Ordinary seamen, at $120

1,680

3,000 00

Civil.

1

Storekeeper

1,700

1

Assistant master builder-

1,250

1

Inspector and measurer of timber

900

1

Clerk to the yard

900

1

Clerk to the commandant

900

Clerk (2d) to the commandant

750

1

Clerk to storekeeper

750

1

Clerk to assistant master builder

450

1

Master camboose-maker and plumber

1,250

1

Chain cable and anchor maker

1,250

1

Keeper of magazine

480

300

10,880 00

Total

$30,363 75

--739--

D4—Continued.

No.

NORFOLK.

Pay.

Aggregate.

1

Captain

$3,500

1

Commander

2,100

2

Lieutenants, at $1,500

3,000

2

Masters, at $1,000

2,000

1

Surgeon

1,800

2

Assistant surgeons, at $950

1,900

1

Chaplain

1,200

2

Professors, at $1,200

2,400

4

Midshipmen, at $350

1,400

1

Boatswain

500

1

Gunner

500

1

Carpenter

500

1

Sail-maker

500

1

Purser, including all allowances

1,141 75

1

Steward

210

1

Steward, assistant to purser

300

$23,017 75

Ordinary.

3

Lieutenants, at $1,500

4,500

1

Master

1,000

6

Midshipmen, at $350

2,100

1

Boatswain

500

1

Gunner

500

1

Carpenter

500

4

Carpenter's mates; 3 as caulkers, at $228.

912

2

Boatswain's mates, at $22S

450

14

Seamen, at $144

2,010

36

Ordinary seamen, at $120

4,320

16,804 00

Hospital.

1

Lieutenant

1,500

1

Surgeon

1,750

1

Assistant surgeon

950

1

Steward

300

2

Nurses, at $120 {When the number of}

240

2

Washers, at $90 {sick shall require}

192

1

Cook { them.}

144

5,136 00

Civil.

1

Storekeeper

1,700

1

Master builder

2,300

1

Inspector and measurer of timber

1,050

1

Clerk to the yard

900

--740--

D4—Continued.

No.

NORFOLK—Continued.

Pay.

Aggregate.

1

Clerk to the commandant

$900

1

Clerk (2d) to the commandant

750

1

Clerk to the storekeeper

750

1

Clerk (2d) to the storekeeper

450

1

Clerk to master builder

650

1

Keeper of magazine

480

1

Porter

300

$10,230 00

Total

$55, 187 75

Note.—The surgeon and assistant surgeons of the yard are to be required to attend to the duties of the yard, to those of the receiving ship, and to the marines; one to be always on board the receiving ship.

No.

PENSACOLA.

Pay.

Aggregate.

1

Captain

$3,500

1

Commander

2,000

2

Lieutenants, at $1,500

3,000

1

Master

1,000

1

Surgeon

1,800

1

Assistant surgeon

950

1

Chaplain

1,200

3

Midshipmen, at $350

1,050

1

Boatswain

500

1

Gunner

500

1

Carpenter

500

1

Sailmaker

500

1

Purser, including all allowances

1,141 75

1

Steward

216

$17,957 75

Ordinary.

1

Carpenter

500

1

Carpenter's mate

228

1

Boatswain's mate

228

10

Seaman, at $144

1,440

10

Ordinary seaman, at $120

1,200

3,596 00

Hospital.

1

Surgeon

1,750

1

Assistant surgeon

950

1

Steward

360

--741--

D 4—Continued.

No.

PENSCOLA—Continued.

Pay.

Aggregate.

2

Nurses at $120 {When the number of}

$240

2

Washers at $96 {the sick shall re-}

192

1

Cook {quire them.}

144

$3,636 00

Civil.

1

Storekeeper

1,700

1

Clerk to the yard

900

1

Clerk to the commandant

900

1

Clerk (2d) to the commandant

750

1

Clerk to the storekeeper

750

1

Clerk (2d) to the storekeeper

450

1

Porter

300

5,750 00

Total

$30,939 75

Note.—The surgeon and assistant surgeon of the yard to attend to the duties of the yard, the ordinary, marines, and receiving ship, should one be allowed.

No.

STATIONS.

Pay.

Aggregate.

BALTIMORE.

1

Captain

$3,500

1

Lieutenant

1,500

1

Surgeon

1,500

1

Purser, including all allowances

862 50

$7,362 50

CHARLESTON.

1

Captain

3,500

1

Lieutenant

1,500

1

Surgeon

1,500

1

Purser and storekeeper, including all allowances

1,189 75

7,689 75

SACKETT'S HARBOR.

1

Master

1,000

1,000 00

ON DUTY AT WASHINGTON OR ON GENERAL DUTY.

Ordnance.

1

Captain

3,500

1

Lieutenant

1,500

5,000 00

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D4—Continued.

No.

STATIONS-Continued.

Pay.

Aggregate.

CHART AND INSTRUMENT DEPOT.

1

Lieutenant

$1,500

1

Passed midshipman

750

$2,250

1

Chief naval constructor

3,000

1

Civil engineer

4,000

7,000

FOREIGN STATIONS

1

Storekeeper at Mahon

1,200

1

Storekeeper at Rio de Janerio

1,500

2,700

RECAPITULATION.

Naval. 1st item.

Ordinary. 1st item.

Hospital. 1st item.

Civil. 2d item.

Aggregate.

Portsmouth

$14,107 75

$4,032 00

$5,600 00

$23,739 75

Boston

23,017 75

16,804 00

$3,636 00

10,080 00

53,537 75

New York

23,017 75

16,804 00

3,636 00

10,080 00

53,537 75

Philadelphia

14,907 75

3,744 00

5,136 00

7,450 00

31,237 75

Washington

16,483 75

3,000 00

10,880 00

30,363 75

Norfolk

23,017 75

16,804 00

5,136 00

10,230 00

55,187 75

Pensacola

17,957 75

3,596 00

3,636 00

5,750 00

39,939 75

Baltimore

7,362 50

7,362 50

Charleston

7,689 75

7,689 75

Sackett's Harbor

1,000 00

1,000 00

Ordnance

5,000 00

5,000 00

Chart, &c., depot

2,250 00

2,250 00

Naval constructor

3,000 00

3,000 00

Civil engineer

4,000 00

4,000 00

Storekeepers

2,700 00

2,700 00

Total for 1838

155,812 50

64,784 00

21,180 00

69,770 00

311,546 50

Total for 1837

155,812 50

64,784 00

21,180 00

69,470 00

311,246 50

Increase for 1838

300 00

This increase of $300 arises from the difference of pay allowed to the "master builder" at the navy yard, Philadelphia, and that of "naval constructor," which it is contemplated will be required, for the year 1838.

Navy Commissioners' Office November 24, 1837.

I. CHAUNCEY

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D5.

ESTIMATE of the pay required for the commission and warrant officers, waiting orders and on furlough, for 1838, being part of the first item in the general estimate for that year.

On leave
and waiting
orders.

On
furlough.

Aggregate
amount.

22 Captains

$56,000

18 Commanders

32,400

1 do

$900

78 Lieutenants

93,600

7 do

4,200

9 Surgeons

14,400

1 do

800

4 Assistant surgeons

2,600

4 Pursers

2,650

38 Passed midshipmen

22,800

4 do

1,200

1 Sailmaker

180

On leave

$224,450

$224,450 00

On furlough

$7,280

7,280 00

Sixty-four midshipmen, that, after examination,
may be entitled to be arranged as passed midshipmen,
in addition to their pay as midshipmen

19,200 00

Estimated for 1838

$250,930 00

Appropriated for 1837

115,631 25

Increase for 1838

$135,298 75

The increase of the amount under this item, beyond the estimates for 1837, is owing to two causes: the number in some classes of officers in the service has been increased, and the number estimated for vessels in commission for 1838, varies from the numbers estimated for such employment in 1837.

I. CHAUNCEY.

Navy Commissioners' Office, November 24, 1837.

D6.

ESTIMATE of the amount required for provisions for the year 1838, explanatory of the third item in the general estimate.

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7,518 persons in vessels in commission, exclusive of marines;
655 marines embarked in vessels in commission;
389 enlisted persons, attached to receiving vessels and shore stations;

Making 8,562 persons—at one ration a day, will make 3,125,130 rations, at twenty-five cents each ration, is equal to

$781,282 50

Estimating the balance that may remain in the Treasury on the 1st January, 1838,
as available, there may be deducted from this amount the sum of $181,282 50, which, it is presumed, will not be required, say

181,282 50

Which will leave

$600,000 00

Being the amount asked for in third item of the general estimate.

I. CHAUNCEY.

Navy Commissioners' Office, November 24, 1837.

D7.

ESTIMATE of the proposed improvements and repairs to be made in navy yards during the year 1838, explanatory of the sixth item in the general estimate.

At Portsmouth, N. H.

For securing and extending wharves

$15,000

For building a brick steam box house

2,200

For stone foundation under the Alabama

1,400

For repairs of all kinds

1,400

$20,000

 

 

At Charlestown, Mass.

For completing the, store-house on site No. 15

$12,000

For erecting a ship-house on site No. 39

50,000

For drains, &c. for rain water to reservoir

2,000

For repairs of all kinds

10,000

$74,000

 

 

At Brooklyn, N. Y.

For completing timber shed No. 6

$5,750

For an iron store

5,000

For a timber shed

35,000

For foundation for guns, &c.

5,250

For repairs of all kinds

10,000

$61,000

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At Philadelphia.

For extending wharf at east end of frigate house

$1,600

For extending wharf along south side of frigate's slip to the quay wall

6,000

For extending wharf in front of the mast and boat house

4,400

For new floor to mast and boat house, &c.

2,000

For deepening the timber dock

6,500

For repairs of all kinds

1,000

$21,500

 

 

At Washington.

For completing building slip

$6,000

For completing timber shed

5,000

For completing a building for officers

2,000

For completing tank shop

4,250

For repairs and improvements to machinery

5,000

For other repairs of all kinds

7,750

$30,000

 

 

At Gosport, Va.

For building a timber shed No. 12

$20,000

For extending timber sheds Nos. 32 and 33

7,500

For repair of floating gate, &c. of dock

3,000

For wall and gates or timber dock

30,000

For completing extension of No. 30, and machinery, &c.

5,000

For completing No. 1

3,500

For repairs of all kinds

8,500

$77,500

 

 

At Pensacola.

For timber shed

$30,000

For cisterns

4,700

For completing yard wall

28,000

For slating timber shed

6,000

For a lime house

2,000

For slating store house No. 2

1,200

For slating blacksmith shop

1,600

For repairs of all kinds

5,000

$78,500

 

 

Recapitulation.

Portsmouth, N. H.

$20,000

Charlestown, Mass.

74,000

Brooklyn, N. Y.

61,000

Philadelphia

21,500

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Washington

$30,000

Gosport, Va.

77,500

Pensacola

78,500

$362,500

Note.—In framing the estimates for the proposed improvements in navy yards for 1838, the Board of Navy Commissioners have selected from the objects proposed by the respective commandants of the navy yard, such as seemed most important; and have limited the amounts as far as a proper regard to the public interests seemed in their opinion to require.

I. CHAUNCEY.

Navy Commissioners' Office, November 24, 1837.

E.—Special.

HOSPITALS.

For hospital, Charlestown, Mass.

For building gates, completing fences and out-buildings, continuing sewer, and repairs of the hospital and its dependencies

$3,500

For hospital, Brooklyn, N. Y.

For finishing wings of hospital, and their dependencies

60,000

For naval asylum, Philadelphia.

For curbing pavement

$900

For repairs of all kinds

1,700

2,600

For hospital, Gosport, Va.

Towards filling in and levelling grounds, &c.

$1,000

For continuation of sea-wall on north shore

4,500

For repairs of all kinds to hospital and its dependencies

3,500

9,000

For hospital, Pensacola.

For additional building-

$19,000

For slating present buildings and completing them

11,000

For improvement of grounds, enclosures, &c.

1,000

For preparing a burying ground

500

31,500

$106,600

Note.—In the estimate for hospitals, the board have been induced, by the representations of the commanders, and their own opinions of the probable future wants of the service, to provide for the completion of the plan

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as originally proposed by Commodore Ridgely, for Brooklyn, New York, and for an additional building near the navy yard, Pensacola.

The completion of the sea-wall for the hospital near Norfolk is represented as necessary for the preservation of the hospital grounds from encroachments of the water on the northern side.

The other objects for these places, and for the hospitals near Charlestown and Philadelphia, are represented to be necessary for the preservation or convenient use of the buildings.

I. CHAUNCEY.

Navy Commissioners' Office,

November 24, 1837.

E1.—Special.

MAGAZINES.

Magazine at New York.

For repairs of sea-wall and magazine dependencies

$3,800

Magazine at Gosport, Va.

For repairs of the magazine, filling-house, wharf, and railway

750

Magazine at Pensacola.

For building a wall around the magazine

3,000

$7,550

Note.—The estimates for magazines are predicated upon such reports of the respective commandants of navy yards as satisfied the board that the public interests would be promoted by the proposed expenditure.

I. CHAUNCEY.

Navy Commissioners' Office,

November 24, 1837.

E2.—Special.

RECEIVING VESSELS.

There will be required for the purchase of two vessels to be used as receiving vessels, one to be placed near the navy yard, Philadelphia, and the other in the harbor of Baltimore

$25,000

Note.—The situation of the vessels which are used for the reception of recruits at these places has become such that they can no longer furnish convenient or wholesome accommodations for the men.

It is proposed to purchase roomy merchant vessels for this purpose, if the necessary appropriation should be granted.

I. CHAUNCEY.

Navy Commissioners' Office,

November 24, 1837.

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F.

GENERAL ESTIMATE of the expenses of the marine corps for the year 1838.

There will be required for the support of the marine corps during the year 1838, in addition to the balances that may remain on hand on the 1st of January, 1838, the sum of three hundred sixty-one thousand four hundred and seventy-seven dollars and twenty-one cents.

Estimated
for 1838

Appropriated
for 1837

PAYMASTER'S DEPARTMENT

1st. For the pay of officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates, and subsistence of officers of the marine corps

$162,019 60

$163,019 60

QUARTERMASTER'S DEPARTMENT.

2d. For provisions for the non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates, serving on shore, servants, and washerwomen

49,810 14

33,428 80

3d. For clothing

43,695 50

38,655 00

4th. For fuel

15,804 75

14,589 00

5th. For the purchase of a site, and to commence the erection of barracks at Brooklyn, Long island, New York

50,000 00

6th. For keeping barracks in repair at the different stations, and for the rent of temporary barracks at New York

10,000 00

10,000 00

7th. For transportation of officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates, and expenses of recruiting

6,000 00

6,000 00

8th. Medicines, hospital supplies, surgical instruments, and pay of a matron and a hospital steward

4,139 29

4,139 20

9th. For contingencies; namely, freight, ferriage-toll, wharfage and cartage, per diem allowance for attending courts martial and courts of inquiry, compensation to judge advocates, house rent where there are no public quarters assigned, per diem allowance to enlisted men employed on constant labor, expenses of burying deceased persons belonging to the marine corps, printing, stationery, forage, postage on public letters, expenses in pursuit of deserters, candles and oil for the different stations, straw for the men, barrack furniture, bed-sacks, spades, axes, shovels, picks, and carpenters' tools

17,977 93

17,977 93

10th. For military stores, pay of armorers, keeping arms in repair, accoutrements, ordnance stores, flags, drums, and fifes

2,000 00

2,000 00

$361,447 21

$289,809 62

The causes of the excess, as reported with the estimates from the Colonel Commandant under the following items, were as follows:

Subsistence—increased 7 cents per ration, agreeably to the average of contracts for the present year

$16,411 34

Clothing—increased $3 per annum for each man, agreeably to the present prices of clothing

3,740 50

Watch-coats-increased 100 in number to meet the ascertained wants of the stations and vessels in commission, and the contract price is $2 25 each, higher than estimated for last year

1,300 00

Fuel—increased 50 cents per cord, agreeably to the contracts for this year

1,215 75

$22,667 59

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F—Continued.

To which add the amount estimated for barracks at Brooklyn, New York, which was also asked for 1837, but not appropriated

$50,000 00

Gives, as the sum of the increase, beyond the appropriation for 1837, under all the different heads, the sum of

72,667 09

From which deduct the amount estimated for pay for 1838—less than was appropriated for 1837

1,000 00

Leaves the total increase of the estimate

71,667 59

--750--

F1.—PAY DEPARTMENT.

DETAILED ESTIMATE of pay and subsistence of officers, and pay of non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates of the marine corps of the United States, for the year 1838.

Rank and Grade

Number

Pay.

Subsistence.

Aggregate

Pay per month

Extra pay per month.

No. of servants at $8 per month

No. of servants at $6 per month

Total

No. rations per day, at 20 cts. per ration.

Extra rations per day while commanding, at 20 cts per ration

Total.

Colonel commandant

1

75 00

2

1,044 00

6

6

870

1,920 00

Lieutenant colonel

1

60 00

864 00

5

5

730

1,594 00

Majors

1

50 00

2

2,070 00

4

4

2,336

5,312 00

Adjutant and inspector

1

50 00

711 00

4

202

1,036 00

Quartermaster

1

50 00

912 00

4

1,204 00

Paymaster

1

50 00

2

744 00

1

292

1,036 00

Assistant quartermaster

1

10 00

20

1

792 00

4

292

1,084 00

Captains commanding posts and at sea

5

50 00

1

3,360 00

4

1

2,920

6,280 00

Captains commanding companies

1

50 00

1

2,688 00

4

1,168

3,856 00

First lieutenants commanding companies and guards at sea

4

10 00

1

2,208 00

1

1,168

3,376 00

First lieutenants

16

30 00

1

6,912 00

1

4,672

11,584 00

Second lieutenants

20

25 00

1

7,440 00

1

5,840

13,280 00

Hospital steward

1

18 00

210 00

1

73

289 00

Sergeant major

1

17 00

204 00

201 00

Quartermaster sergeant

1

17 00

20

444 00

444 00

Drum and fife majors

16 00

384 00

384 00

Orderly sergeants and sergeants of guards at sea

16 00

5,184 00

5,184 00

Orderly sergeants employed as clerks to colonel commandant, adjutant and inspector and quartermaster

3

16 00

20

1,296 00

1,296 00

Sergeants

50

13 00

7,800 00

7,800 00

Corporals

80

9 00

8,640 00

8,640 00

Drummers and fifers

60

8 00

5,700 00

5,760 00

Privates

932

7 00

78,288 00

78,288 00

Clerk to paymaster

1

8 80

20

345 60

1

73

118 60

Amount required for payment of bounty for re-enlistment

125

1,750 00

1,750 00

Dollars

140,995 60

21,021

162,019 60

Head Quarters of the Marine Corps,

Paymaster's Office, November  10, 1837.

GEO. W. WALKER,

Paymaster Marines.

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F2.—Provisions.

For whom required.

Enlisted men

Washer women

Matron

Servants

Clerks

Total

Rations per diem, at 19 cents per ration

Rations per diem, at 20 cents per ration

Aggregate amount.

For provisions for non-commissioned officers, musicians, privates, and washerwomen, serving on shore

581

39

1

621

1

$43,066 35

For provisions for clerks and officers' servants

69

4

73

1

5,329 00

Amount required for two months' rations for each soldier, as premium for re-enlistment, agreeably to the act of 2d March, 1833

125

125

1

1,444 79

49,840 14

F 3.—Clothing.

For whom required.

Enlisted men.

Servants

Total.

Aggregate amount.

For clothing for non-commissioned officers, musicians, privates, at $33 each, per annum

1,156

1,156

$38,148 00

For clothing for officers' servants, at $33 each, per annum

69

69

2,277 00

Amount required for two months' clothing for each soldier, as premium for re-enlisting, agreeably to the act of 2d March, 1833, at $2 75 per month

125

125

687 50

Clothing for paymaster's clerk, at $33 per annum

1

1

33 00

Amount required for the purchase of 300 watch coats, at $8 50 each

2,550 00

43,695 50

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F4.—Fuel.

For what purpose required.

Number

Fuel for each.

Total fuel.

Aggregate amount.

Cords

Feet

Inches

Cords

Feet

Inches

Colonel commandant

1

36

4

36

4

Lieutenant colonel south of latitude 39

1

26

26

Majors south of latitude 39

1

26

26

Majors north of latitude 39

3

29

87

Captains north of latitude 43

1

24

4

8

24

4

8

Captains north of latitude 39

23

6

47

4

Captains south of latitude 39

3

21

2

63

6

Staff south of latitude 39

3

26

78

Staff north of latitude 39

1

29

29

First lieutenants north of latitude 43

1

19

1

4

19

1

4

First lieutenants north of latitude 39

6

18

4

111

First lieutenants south of latitude 39

7

16

4

115

4

Second lieutenants north of latitude 43

1

19

1

4

19

1

4

Second lieutenants north of latitude 39

6

18

4

111

Second lieutenants south of latitude 39

7

16

4

115

4

Non-commissioned officers, musicians, privates, servants, and washerwomen, north of lat. 40

264

1

5

429

Non-commissioned officers, musicians, privates, servants, and washerwomen, south of lat. 40

114

1

4

621

Clerk to paymaster

1

2

2

2

2

8

Matron to hospital

1

1

4

1

4

4

Commanding officer's office, Portsmouth, N. H.

1

8

5

4

8

5

Guard room, Portsmouth, N. H.

1

25

25

Hospital, Portsmouth, N. H.

1

19

1

4

19

1

4

Mess room, Portsmouth, N. H.

1

4

1

4

4

1

4

Offices of the commanding officer and assistant quartermaster at Charlestown, New York, and Philadelphia

4

8

32

Guard rooms at Charlestown, New York, and Philadelphia

3

24

72

Hospitals at Charlestown, New York, and Philadelphia

3

18

4

55

4

Mess rooms for officers at Charlestown, New York, and Philadelphia

3

4

12

Offices of the commandant and staff and commanding officer at head quarters, Norfolk, and Pensacola

7

7

49

Guard rooms at head quarters, navy yard, Washington, Norfolk, and Pensacola

4

21

84

Hospital at head quarters, two fires

1

33

33

Hospital at Norfolk and Pensacola

2

16

4

33

Mess rooms for officers at head quarters, Norfolk, and Pensacola

3

3

4

10

4

Armory at Washington city

1

30

30

2431

4

Which, at $6 50 per cord, is

$15,804 75

Respectfully submitted

E. J WEED, Q. M. M. C.

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Navy Commissioners' Office

November 24, 1837.

The only item of these estimates which requires remarks from the Board of Navy Commissioners, is that which proposes $50,0000 for the purchase of ground and building barracks at Brooklyn, N. Y. The board have heretofore expressed, and still entertain the opinion, that a decision upon the future distribution of the marine corps at the naval stations seems to be necessary, before a proper judgment can be formed of the extent of ground, or size of barracks, which may be required at any particular station.

I. CHAUNCEY.

--754--

G.

LIST of vessels in commission, of each squadron, their commanders, and stations.

Class.

Names.

Flag ship.

Commanders of vessels.

Commanders of squadrons.

Stations.

Frigate

Constitution

Flag ship

Commodore J D. Elliott

Commodore J. D. Elliot

Mediterranean.

Frigate

United States

Captain Jesse Wilkinson

Mediterranean.

Schooner

Shark

Lt. Com'ding G. F. Pearson

Mediterranean

Ship of the line

North Carolina

Flag ship

Commodore H. E. Ballard

Commodore H. E. Ballard

Pacific.

Sloop

Falmouth

Commander Isaac McKeever

Pacific.

Sloop

Lexington

Commander J. H. Clack

Pacific.

Schooner

Boxer

Lt. Com'ding W. C. Nicholson

Pacific.

Schooner

Enterprise

Lt. Com'ding W. M. Glendey

Pacific.

Razee

Independence

Flag ship

Commodore J. B. Nicolson

Commodore J. B. Nicolson

Coast of Brazil.

Sloop

Fairfield

Commander Isaac Mayo

Coast of Brazil.

Brig

Dolphin

Li. Com'ding Joel Abbott

Coast of Brazil.

Frigate

Constellation

Flag ship

Commodore Alex. J. Dallas

Commodore Alex. J. Dallas.

West Indies.

Sloop

Boston

Commander Ed. B. Babbitt

West Indies.

Sloop

Vandalia

Commander John Gwinn

West Indies.

Sloop

St. Louis

Commander Thomas Paine

West Indies.

Sloop

Concord

Commander Andrew Fitzhugh

West Indies,

Sloop

Ontario

Commander Samuel Breese

West Indies.

Sloop

Natchez

Commander William Mervine

West Indies.

Schooner

Grampus

Lt. Com'ding Elisha Peck

West Indies.

Frigate

Columbia

Flag ship

Commodore George C. Read

Commodore George C. Read

East Indies.

Sloop

John Adams

Commander T. W. Wyman

East Indies.

Brig

Porpoise

Lt. Com'ding Charles Wilkes

Atlantic coast.

Steamer

Fulton

Captain M. C. Perry

Atlantic coast.

Schooner

Jersey

Lt. Com'ding T. R. Gedney

Survey of coast of United States

Schooner

Experiment

Lt. Com'ding Geo. S. Blake

Survey of coast of United States

Frigate

* Macedonian

Flag ship

Commander James Armstrong

Commodore Thos. ap C. Jones

South Sea.

Store-ship

* Relief

Lt. Com'ding Thos. A. Dornin

South Sea.

Brig

* Pioneer

Lt. Com'ding W. D. Newman

South Sea.

Brig

* Consort

Lt. Com'ding James Glynn

South Sea.

Schooner

* Active

Lt. Com'ding W. C. Woolsey

South Sea

* Surveying and exploring vessels.

--755--

H.

Statement showing the names, rate, distribution, and condition of the vessels in ordinary.

At Charlestown, Mass.

The Columbus, ship of the line—-has recently been thoroughly repaired.

The Erie, sloop of war—has also been recently repaired.

The Ohio, ship of the line—is completing her repairs in dock, and nearly finished.

At Brooklyn, N. Y.

The Washington, ship of the line—requires extensive repairs. The Franklin, ship of the line—requires extensive repairs. The Hudson, frigate—is considered unfit for sea service, and is used for a receiving vessel for recruits. The John Adams, sloop of war—has been recently fitted for sea.

At Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania, ship of the line—is preparing for removal to Norfolk, for the purpose of being put into dock.

The Sea Gull, an old steam vessel—is much decayed and is used as a receiving vessel for recruits.

At Gosport, Va.

The Delaware, ship of the line—has recently been thoroughly repaired.

The Columbia, frigate—is prepared for sea.

The Brandywine, frigate—requires large repairs.

The Potomac, frigate—requires large repairs.

The Guerriere, frigate—is much decayed, and requires to be rebuilt or extensively repaired.

The Java, frigate—is unfit for sea service, and is used as a receiving vessel for recruits.

The Vincennes, sloop of war—requires large repairs.

The Warren, sloop of war—requires large repairs.

The Peacock, sloop of war—requires slight repairs.

RECAPITULATION.

Six ships of the line, and three frigates-—worthy of repair.

Three frigates supposed to be unfit for further sea service.

Five sloops of war—repaired or worthy of repair.

One old receiving vessel—unfit for any service.

I. CHAUNCEY.

Navy Commissioners' Office,

November 24, 1837.

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I.

Statement of vessels on the stocks at the different navy yards.

At Portsmouth, N. H.

One ship of the line and one frigate, under the law for the gradual increase of the navy.

At Charlestown, Mass.

Two ships of the line and one frigate, under the law for the gradual increase of the navy.

One sloop of war—to replace the Cyane.

At Brooklyn, N. Y.

Two frigates, under the law for the gradual increase of the navy. One sloop of war—to be called the Levant.

At Philadelphia.

One frigate, under the law for the gradual increase of the navy.

At Gosport, Va.

One ship of the line and one frigate, under the law for the gradual increase of the navy.

RECAPITULATION.

Four ships of the line and six frigates, under the law for the gradual increase of the navy.

Two sloops of war -- under the appropriation for 1337.

I. CHAUNCEY.

Navy Commissioners' Office,

November 24, 1837.

K.

Statement of the measures which have been taken to carry into effect the laws for the gradual increase of the navy, which were approved on the 29th of April, 1816, and 3d March, 1831.

The ships of the line, Columbus, North Carolina, and Delaware have been in service for several years.

The ship of the line Ohio, was launched in 1820, and only completed in part. Measures have been taken to repair the injuries resulting from decay, and to complete her equipments from the ordinary appropriations, and they will probably be finished soon.

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The Pennsylvania ship of the line has been launched; the amount remaining under the appropriation for gradual increase, together with the $100,000 appropriated for placing her in a place of safety, are being expanded to prepare her for removal to Norfolk.

The frigates Brandywine, Potomac, and Columbia, have been launched and completed for service. Four ships of the line and six frigates remain on the stocks; they are generally sound, and in a good state of preservation, with the exception of some of their keels, keelsons, and deadwoods, which will require to be replaced before they are launched. They are generally so far advanced that they could probably be completed by the time that crews could be collected for them.

It may be proper to remark, that the remainder of this fund will be expended upon the Pennsylvania ship of the line, but that it will be insufficient to complete the equipment of that ship. Consequently, additional funds will be necessary, should it be determined to complete any of the other vessels.

The distribution of the vessels building is shown in statement I.

I. CHAUNCEY.

Navy Commissioners' Office,

November 24, 1837.

L.

Statement of the measures which have been taken to carry into effect the laws for the gradual improvement of the navy, which were approved 3d March, 1827, and 2d March, 1833.

Complete live oak frames have been collected for four ships of the line, seven frigates, and five sloops of war.

Contracts have been made for other live oak frames, which have not yet been delivered, as follows:

For eleven ships of the line, eleven frigates, seventeen sloops of war, nine smaller vessels, and nine steamers; making, in the whole, frames for fifteen ships of the line, eighteen frigates, twenty-two sloops of war, nine smaller vessels, and nine steamers.

Of the incomplete contracts, some are nearly completed; under others a small proportion only has been delivered, and others have been made very recently. By the terms of the contracts, the whole are to be completed on or before the last of March, 1841. No additional contracts have been made for other materials, under this appropriation, since the last report.

The following statement shows more in detail the expenditures which have been made for different purposes from this appropriation, so far as they are shown by returns made to this office, up to the 1st October, 1837:

For the dry dock at Charlestown, Mass.

$677,089 78

For the dry dock at Gosport, Va.

974,356 69

For timber sheds and other buildings in navy yards

143,508 84

For labor in receiving and stowing materials

160,292 03

For purchase of lands, and preservation of live oak trees

60,885 80

For 440,235 cubic feet of live oak timber

587,707 00

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For 374,562 cubic feet of white oak timber

$125,731 12

For 8,520 white oak knees

46,811 62

For 232,913 cubic feet yellow pine plank stocks

71,870 15

For 134,670 cubic feet yellow pine beams, carlings, &c.

45,502 89

For 57,037 cubic feet mast and spar timber

39,746 48

For 3,943,049 lbs. of iron

140,312 58

For 1,591,397 lbs. of copper bolls, spikes, and nails

474,896 76

For 57,575 sheets of sheathing copper

Amount transferred to exploring expedition

150,000 00

Total expenditure

$3,704,741 74

Total appropriation to date

5,500,000 00

Difference which remains to be accounted for

$1,795,288 27

Of which there was in the Treasury on the 1st October, 1837

$1,790,926 95

And supposed in agents' and pursers' hands

4,361 31

$1,795,288 26

From this available balance

$1,795,288 26

Deduct the estimated liabilities under existing contracts

1,750,310 20

Leaves for other purposes, the sum of

$144,978 06

This amount, with the sum of $500,000, which will be due in 1838, and will complete the whole appropriation, it is proposed to expend in ordnance and other articles of a durable character, for arming and equipping vessels, as authorized by the last general appropriation act of Congress.

I. CHAUNCEY.

Navy Commissioners' Office

November 24, 1837.

M.

Report of the measures which have been adopted in relation to the two sloops of war and six small vessels, which were authorized by the act of appropriation for the navy, approved 3d March, 1837.

The two sloops of war have been commenced with frames already procured under other appropriations, one building at Boston, to be called the Cyane, and one at New York, to be called the Levant, and will both soon be ready to launch. Their equipments are also in a state of fowardness. Both can probably be made ready for service by the middle of January next.

There being no suitable frames on hand for the six smaller vessels, advertisements were issued, and contracts have been made for them. Other arrangements will be made in time to commence them so soon as the frames can be procured.

I. CHAUNCEY.

Navy Commissioners' Office,

November 24, 1837.

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N1.

ALPHABETICAL LIST of invalid navy pensioners, complete to 30th September, 1837.

NAMES OF PENSIONERS

Rank.

Commencement of pension.

Monthly pension

Act of Congress under which allowed.

Zephaniah Allen

Marine

Mar. 1, 1801

$3 00

April 23, 1800.

Samuel Abbot

Seaman

Mar. 1, 1815

5 00

Do.

Peter Anderson

Seaman

Mar. 28, 1814

3 00

Do.

James Allcorn

Sailingmaster

Jan. 1, 1815

20 00

Do.

William H. Allen

Seaman

May 23, 1834

3 00

Do.

Jacob Albrecht

Seaman

Aug. 1, 1814

6 00

Do.

Samuel Angus

Captain

Jan. 1, 1814

50 00

Do.

Robert Andrews

Quarter gunner

Aug. 1, 1829

1 50

Do.

Alexander Adams

Seaman

Oct. 6, 1812

3 00

Do.

George Alexander

Ordinary seaman

July 19, 1814

8 00

Do.

L. Armstrong

Quarter gunner

Nov. 22, 1831

6 00

Do.

John Agnew

Seaman

Aug. 1, 1825

5 00

Do.

John Adams

Seaman

Feb. 17, 1836

6 00

Do.

Lemuel Bryant

Ordinary seaman

Aug. 1, 1814

8 00

Do.

Robert Berry

Seaman

June 22, 1829

6 00

Do.

Joseph Barrett

Quarter gunner

Ap'l 17, 1813

9 00

Do.

John Ball

Boatswain

July 4, 1814

9 00

Do.

Joseph Blake

Ordinary seaman

July 26, 1822

5 00

Do.

John Bennett

Seaman

Dec. 14, 1814

6 00

Do.

John Burnham

Master's mate

Dec. 10, 1813

9 00

Do.

Thomas Bartlett

Seaman

Nov. 24, 1831

6 00

Do.

Samuel Bosworth

Seaman

July 3, 1823

6 00

Do.

Thomas Buchanan

Marine

June 4, 1829

3 00

Do.

Samuel Bryant

Seaman

Mar. 5, 1830

3 00

Do.

Nathan Burr

Quarter gunner

Dec. 30, 1814

4 50

Do.

John Brown

Seaman

July 1, 1829

6 00

Do.

Peter Barnard

Ordinary seaman

Dec. 1, 1814

4 00

Do.

Edmund Brett

Marine

June 12, 1815

3 00

Do.

John Brannon

Seaman

June 28, 1815

5 00

Do.

Isaac Bassett

Ordinary seaman

May 15, 1814

5 00

Do.

John Beatty

Marine

June 1, 1830

4 00

Do.

Robert Blair

Marine

Dec. 9, 1831

6 00

Do.

Luke Brown

Seaman

July 5, 1834

3 00

Do.

William Baggs

Marine

Mar. 1, 1811

3 00

Do.

John Baxter

Seaman

Feb. 28, 1819

6 00

Do.

James Bell

Seaman

Aug. 23, 1823

6 00

Do.

Godfrey Bowman

Seaman

Sept. 10, 1813

6 00

Do.

William Barker

Marine

July 1, 1802

6 00

Do.

John Brumley

Seaman

Sept. 1, 1826

6 00

Do.

James Bantain

Ordinary seaman

July 5, 1833

4 00

Do.

Jonathan Bulkley

Midshipman

June 17, 1834

9 00

Do.

James Brown

Seaman

Sept. 12, 1821

8 00

Do.

John Berry

Master at arms

Mar. 18, 1835

4 50

Do.

John Butler

Seaman

Nov. 22, 1815

5 00

Do.

John Bruce

Quarter gunner

May 1, 1826

9 00

Do.

John Bostrom

Quartermaster

May 30, 1834

3 00

Do.

Peter Borge

Captain's steward

May 19, 1834

6 00

Do.

Edward Barker

Marine

May 18, 1836

3 50

Do.

Samuel Butler

Quarter gunner

Aug. 28, 1815

8 00

Do.

Charles Brown

Ordinary seaman

Dec. 28, 1836

5 00

Do.

Thomas Barry

Gunner

Aug. 10, 1809

5 00

Do.

Thomas Barber

Ordinary seaman

July 6, 1836

5 00

Do.

John Bevins

Quarter gunner

Feb. 24, 1837

7 50

Do.

William Bayne

Quarter gunnel

Oct. 22, 1833

3 50

Do.

David C. Bunnel

Seaman

Ap'l 27, 1813

3 00

Do.

Leonard Chase

Ordinary seaman

Aug. 1, 1828

5 00

Do.

John Clements

Seaman

Dec. 29, 1812

6 00

Do.

Robert Cathcart

Seaman

Sept. 20, 1816

6 00

Do.

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N1 — Continued.

NAMES OF PENSIONERS

Rank.

Commencement of pension.

Monthly pension

Act of Congress under which allowed.

George Cornell

Carpenter's mate

Sept. 10, 1813

$9 00

April 23, 1800

John C. Champlin

Seaman

May 21, 1831

6 00

Do.

Nathaniel Chapman

Quarter gunnel

June 10, 1815

8 00

Do.

James Cole

Seaman

May 1, 1823

4 00

Do.

John Collins

Seaman

Feb. 9, 1813

6 00

Do.

Francis Covenhoven

Ordinary seaman

June 22, 1807

3 50

Do.

John Cole

Ordinary seaman

Feb. 6, 1832

5 00

Do.

Robert Carson

Ordinary seaman

June 20, 1821

5 00

Do.

Daniel H. Cole

Marine

Dec. 27, 1833

3 00

Da.

George Coomes

Seaman

July 1, 1833

8 00

Do.

Enos R. Childs

Midshipman

April 2, 1823

9 50

Do.

William Cantrill

Marine

April 8, 1H30

2 00

Do.

Stephen Champlin

Lieutenant

Sept. 3, 1814

20 00

Du

Edward Carr

Seaman

May 13, 1835

6 00

Do.

William Cook

Cabin cook -

June 30, 1836

4 50

Do.

John Clough

Sailingmaster

June 4, 1829

15 00

Do.

David Connor

Lieutenant -

Mar. 23, 1815

16 66 2/3

Do

Alexander Claxton

Midshipman

Oct. 18, 1812

7 12 1/2

Do.

Horatio N. Crabb

1st lt. marine corps

Jan. 1, 1831

7 50

Do.

John Davidson

Lieutenant

Mar. 1. 1801

20 00

Do.

Hillman Dodge

Ordinary seaman

May 1, 1831

3 33 1/3

Do.

Richard Dunn

Seaman

Jan. 1, 1829

6 00

Do.

Jacob Dornes

Seaman

July 1, 1802

8 50

Do.

John Dunn

Marine

July 1, 1818

3 00

Do.

John Daniels

Quartermaster

Sept. 7, 1816

9 00

Do.

Samuel Daykin

Marine

Oct. 22, 1834

3 00

Do.

John Diragen

Seaman

Dec. 22, 1815

5 00

Do.

Matthias Douglass

Seaman

Ap'l 23, 1814

10 00

Do.

Owen Deddolph

Gunner

June 25, 1814

5 00

Do.

John L. Dubois

Ship's corporal

May 22, 1824

4 00

Do.

William Dunn

Gunner

Oct. 8, 1H35

10 00

Do.

Daniel Denvers

Marine

Oct. 22, 1835

3 00

Do.

Joseph Dalrymple

Seaman

Feb. 21, 1814

4 50

Do.

Marmaduke Dove

Sailingmaster

Ap'l 20, 1833

5 00

Do.

John Downes

Master commandant

Nov. 28, 1813

10 00

Do.

Ebenezer Evans

Seaman

Mar. 2, 1813

6 00

Do.

Thomas Edwards

Quartermaster

Jan. 1, 1823

9 00

Do.

Jesse Elam

Marine

Aug. 1, 1828

3 00

Do.

Gardner Edmonds

Ordinary seaman

June 4, 1814

5 00

Do.

Jacob Eastman

Cooper

July 3, 1828

4 50

Do.

Thomas English

Ordinary seaman

May 14, 1832

5 00

Do.

William Evans

Marine

May 1, 1827

3 00

Do.

Abner Enos

Master's mate

Jan. 4, 1830

6 00

Do.

Francis W. Ellison

Sailingmaster

Dec. 27, 1830

15 00

Do.

Edward Field

Surgeon's mate

July 1, 1801

10 00

Do.

Robert Forsaith

Marine

May 18, 1799

3 00

Do.

John Fallahee

Landsman

Aug. 1, 1827

4 00

Do.

N. S. Farrell

Marine

May 10, 1830

3 00

Do.

William Farrell

Seaman

June 4, 1829

6 00

Do.

Moses French

Seaman

Ap'l 19, 1834

6 00

Do.

Alfred Fisher

Seaman

May 15, 1835

5 00

Do.

John Fryer

Seaman

Nov. 25, 1815

6 00

Do.

William Farrar

Quartermaster

Ap'l 21, 1834

6 00

Do.

Michael Fitzpatrick

Master-at-arms

June 4, 1829

9 00

Do.

Peter Foley

Marine

June 27, 1837

3 50

Do.

John Geyer

Seaman

April 6, 1815

6 00

April 2, 1816.

Samuel H. Green

Quartermaster

Jan. 1, 1819

9 00

April 23, 1800

John Grant

Ordinary seaman

July 1, 1831

4 00

Do.

Anthony Gerome

Seaman

Jan. 1, 1832

6 00

Do.

William Gregory

Marine

May 28, 1830

2 00

Do.

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N1—Continued.

NAMES OF PENSIONERS

Rank.

Commencement of pension.

Monthly pension

Act of Congress under which allowed.

John Grant

Seaman

May 20, 1813

$6 00

April 23, 1800.

William Gunnison

Ordinary seaman

Nov. 24, 1833

5 00

Do.

Patrick Gilligan

Marine

June 4, 1829

3 50

Do.

James Grant

Seaman

April 9, 1829

8 00

Do.

Peter Green

Seaman

Aug. 3, 1817

5 00

Do.

Chester Goodell

Ordinary seaman

Dec. 12, 1834

3 00

Do.

Charles Gorden

Ordinary seaman

May 11, 1835

5 00

Do.

William Gillen

Seaman

Jan. 1, 1832

6 00

Do.

Jerry Gardner

Ordinary Seaman

Jan. 14, 1818

5 00

Do.

Anthony Gale

Lt. col. marine corps

Jan. 5, 1835

15 00

Do.

James Good

Seaman

Jan. 1, 1829

12 00

Do.

Uriah Hanscomb

Ordinary seaman

Oct. 16, 1799

6 00

Do.

James Hatch

Quarter gunner

July 1, 1814

12 00

Do.

James D. Hammond

Seaman

Dec. 29, 1812

6 00

Do.

John Hamilton

Seaman

May 1, 1827

6 00

Do.

Elijah L. Harris

Marine

Sept. 25, 1833

3 00

Do.

John Hoxse

Seaman

Aug. 15, 1800

8 50

Do.

Garret Hendricks

Seaman

Aug. 9, 1834

6 00

Do.

John Hodgkins

Corporal's male

July 1, 1814

7 00

Do.

Rosswell Hale

Ordinary seaman

Dec. 25, 1819

5 00

Do.

William Herringbrook

Seaman

Feb. 18, 1814

6 00

Do.

John Hogan

Seaman

Mar. 4, 1830

3 00

Do.

John Hall

Quartermaster

Oct. 20, 1830

4 50

Do

Henry Hervey

Seaman

May 8, 1834

4 00

Do.

William Hamilton

Seaman

July 1, 1829

6 00

Do.

Isaac Harding

Seaman

May 9, 1834

5 00

Do.

Isaac T. Hartlee

Sailingmaster

April 1, 1817

20 00

Do.

Samuel Hambleton

Purser

Sept. 10, 1813

20 00

Do.

Simon Hillman

Ordinary seaman

July 3, 1815

4 00

Do.

John Harris

Quarter gunner

Aug. 1, 1827

3 00

Do.

John Hussey

Ordinary seaman

Jan. 1, 1832

5 00

Do.

Josias Hopkins

Seaman

Dec. 7, 1805

6 00

Do.

John J. Hardy

Seaman

June 25, 1813

6 00

Do.

Joshua Howell

Ordinary seaman

June 30, 1836

5 00

Do.

William L. Hudson

Sailingmaster

July 6, 1817

15 00

Do.

Elias Hughes

Ordinary seaman

Aug. 28, 1837

5 00

Do.

David Jenkins

Seaman

Aug. 1, 1828

6 00

Do.

James Jackson

Seaman

Mar. 4, 1816

5 00

Do.

John Johnson

Seaman

Mar. 28, 1814

6 00

Do.

Thomas Jackson, 2d

Quartermaster

June 1, 1813

9 00

Do.

Sylvester Jameson

Seaman

Aug. 1, 1828

6 00

Do.

Edward Ingram

Boatswain

April 1, 1831

5 00

Do.

Andrew Irwin

Seaman

July 1, 1825

6 00

Do.

Thomas ap C. Jones

Lieutenant

Dec. 14, 1814

20 00

Do.

James Jeffers

Ordinary seaman

Dec. 7, 1805

6 00

Do.

Obadiah Johnson

Ordinary seaman

April 1, 1819

5 00

Do.

Lewis Jones

Seaman

Oct. 27, 1835

6 00

Do.

Reuben James

Boatswain's mate

Jan. 27, 1836

9 50

Do.

Richworth Jordan

Seaman

Mar. 15, 1836

6 00

Do.

Henry Jackson

Captain of foretop

Sept. 20, 1836

3 75

Do.

William Jones

Boy

Aug. 24, 1814

2 25

Do.

James Kelly

Marine

Aug. 21, 1814

3 00

Do.

[ ] Kenney

Quarter gunner

July 1, 1825

4 50

Do.

Thomas Kelly

Seaman

Ap'l 25, 1815

4 00

Do.

George Kensinger

Master-at-arms

May 22, 1819

9 00

Do.

Daniel Kleiss

Ordinary seaman

May 6, 1829

5 00

Do.

[ ] Kline

Serg't marine corps

Jan. 1, 1832

5 00

Do.

[ ] Kinnead

Marine

April 3, 1834

3 00

Do.

[ ] C. Keene

Master-at-arms

Sept. 10, 1813

9 00

Do.

[ ] Lewis

Marine

Dec. 12, 1813

4 00

Do.

--762--

N1—Continued.

NAMES OF PENSIONERS

Rank.

Commencement of pension.

Monthly pension

Act of Congress under which allowed.

Richard Lee

Quartermaster

July 1, 1820

$6 00

April 23, 1800.

John Lloyd

Marine

June 8, 1819

3 00

Do.

Isaac Langley

Ordinary seaman

Dec. 1, 1814

5 00

Do.

John Lazano

Seaman

Mar. 28, 1814

5 00

Do.

Timothy Lane

Cook

Mar. 25, 1816

8 00

Do.

John Lews

Boatswain's mate

Jan. 1, 1832

9 00

Do.

John Linn

Seaman

Nov. 1, 1831

6 00

Do.

James Lloyd

Marine

April 5, 1831

2 00

Do.

John Laughen

Marine

Dec. 30, 1811

1 75

Do.

John Lagrange

Seaman

Nov. 30, 1834

4 50

Do.

John Lang

Seaman

July 26, 1827

0 00

Do.

James Merrill

Ordinary seaman

Oct. 23, 1819

5 00

Do.

Colton Murray

Boatswain's mate

Aug. 1, 1831

9 00

Do.

Enoch M. Miley

Quarter gunner

Mar. 28, 1814

8 00

Do.

Peter McMahon

Ordinary seaman

Nov. 2, 1807

6 00

Do.

Andrew Mathison

Seaman

Sept. 10, 1813

5 00

Do.

Patrick McLaughlen

Ordinary seaman

Nov. 1, 1815

7 00

Do.

Charles Moor

Seaman

Aug. 5, 1822

6 00

Do.

Giles Manchester

Ordinary seaman

May 1, 1827

5 00

Do.

Joseph Marks

Seaman

May 1, 1827

6 00

Do.

John Myers

Seaman

Nov. 1, 1828

6 00

Do.

Samuel McIsaacs

Boy

July 30, 1814

5 00

Do

James Moses

Purser's steward

Ap'l 23. 1816

9 00

Do.

William Moran

Seaman

Dec. 5, 1815

0 00

Do.

Enos Marks

Ordinary seaman

Feb. 16, 1815

5 00

Do.

John H. McNeale

Seaman

June 1, 1832

3 00

Do.

John Mitchell

Quartermaster

June 11, 1832

8 00

Do.

Matthew McMurray

Seaman

Sept. 1, 1827

6 00

Do.

Thomas Miller

Seaman

Oct. 23, 1829

4 00

Do.

Matthias McGill

Seaman

May 28,1814

8 00

Do.

John Moore

Seaman

Dec. 4, 1807

6 00

Do.

Archibald Moore

Ordinary seaman

Jan. 1, 1832

5 00

Do.

Hamlet Moore

Ordinary seaman

Oct. 6, 1821

5 00

Do.

James Mount

Marine

Sept. 1, 1830

3 00

Do.

John Meigs

Seaman

July 1, 1819

10 00

Do.

Thomas Murdock

Seaman

June 30, 1836

6 00

Do.

John Munroe

Seaman

July 22, 1835

3 00

Do.

Richard Merchant

Marine

June 30, 1824

1 75

Do.

John McMahon

Ordinary seaman

July 9, 1836

5 00

Do.

Samuel Miller

Capt. marine corps

Aug. 24, 1814

10 00

Do.

James MacDonnell

Seaman

Dec. 31, 1836

3 00

Do.

Charles Morris

Lieutenant

Aug 19, 1812

12 50

Do.

John T. McLaughlin

Passed midshipman

Felt. 8, 1837

9 37

Do.

James Nickerson

Seaman

Jan. 15, 1815

6 00

Do.

John Nugent

Seaman

Aug. 14, 1813

6 00

Do.

John F. Noyer

Marine

July 1, 1826

4 00

Do.

William Napier

Corp'l marine corps

July 1, 1826

4 00

Do.

Thomas Nash

Ordinary seaman

Jan. 24, 1834

5 00

Do.

John Neilson

Quarter gunner

Jan. 1, 1832

9 00

Do.

James Nagle

Seaman

June 30, 1834

5 00

Do.

David Newbury

Ordinary seaman

Ap'l 15, 1836

2 50

Do.

Isaac Omans

Seaman

June 26, 1821

6 00

Do.

Samuel Od[ ]

Seaman

Dec. 21, 1825

6 00

Do.

Thomas B. Parsons

Seaman

Sept. 1, 1818

6 00

Do.

William Perry

Seaman

April 9, 1825

6 00

Do.

John Peterson

Ordinary seaman

Sept. 10, 1l3

5 00

Do.

Usher Parsons

[]

Feb. 7, 1816

12 50

Do.

William Parker

Seaman

Ap'l 27, 1813

6 00

Do.

Stephen Phyfer

Ordinary seaman

April 4, 1825

7 00

Do.

John Piner

Ordinary seaman

Nov. 6, 1828

5 00

Do.

Daniel Peck

Seaman

July 1, 1829

6 00

Do.

John Price-

Seaman

May 11, 1835

6 00

Do.

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N1—Continued.

NAMES OF PENSIONERS

Rank.

Commencement of pension.

Monthly pension

Act of Congress under which allowed.

Charles Pasture

Seaman

Mar. 4, 1815

$5 00

April 23, 1800.

Neale Patterson

Seaman

July 1, 1820

8 00

Do.

James Perry

Ship's corporal

Sept. 1, 1827

9 00

Do.

Thomas Payne

Sailingmaster

Feb. 7, 183

20 00

Do.

Peter Pierson

Seaman

Mar. 30, 1836

6 00

Do.

Payne Perry

Seaman

Ap'l 6, 1815

6 00

April 2, 18106.

Joseph Peck

Seaman

Dec. 19, 1836

2 50

April 23, 1800.

Charles T. Platt

Lieutenant

June 1, 1829

25 00

Do.

Samuel Philips

Carpenter

Mar. 23, 1815

7 50

Do.

N. A. Prentiss

Sailingmaster

Nov. 30, 1814

10 00

Do.

John Percival

Lieutenant

Dec. 22. 1825

12 50

Do.

David Quille

Quartermaster

Feb. 20, 1815

5 00

Do.

Peter Quantin

Ordinary Seaman

Dec. 17, 1813

5 00

Do.

Nathan Rolfe

Seaman

Dec. 14, 1813

6 00

Do.

James Rodgers

Sailingmaster

July 27, 181