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war Albany, as well as to the time to which the pay of said officers, seamen, marines, and others, in service, shall be allowed, the eighteenth day of April, one thousand eight bundred and fifty-five, shall be deemed and taken to be the day on which the said sloop of war Albany foundered at sea ; and that, for the like purposes, the twentyninth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, shall be deemed and taken to be the day on which the United States brig Porpoise was lost in like manner.

SEC. 2. That the widow, or child, or children, and in case there be no widow, or child, or children (as aforesaid), then the parent or parents, and if there are no parents, the brothers and sisters, of the officers, seamen, marines, and others, in service, who were lost in said sloop of war Albany and brig Porpoise, including captain's clerk and assistant draughtsman, shall be entitled to and receive, out of any noney in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, a sum equal to twelve months' pay of their respective deceased relations aforesaid, in addition to the pay due to the said deceased at the date of the loss of said vessels respectively.

Approved August 1, 1856.

An act for the relief of the widows and orphans of the officers, seamen, and marines of the United

States sloop-of-war Levant, and for other purposes. That, for the purpose of fixing the time at which shall commence the pensions under the existing laws, of the widows and orphan children of the officers, seamen, marines, and others, in service, who were lost in the United States sloop-of-war Levant, as well as the time to which the pay of said officers, seamen, marines, and others in the service, shall be allowed, the thirtieth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and sixtyoné, shall be deemed and taken to be the day on which the said sloop-of-war Levant foundered at sea.

SEC. 2. That the widow, or child, or children, and in case there shall no widow, or child, or children, (as aforesaid,) then the parent or parents, and if there be no parents, the brothers and sisters of the officers, seamen, marines, and others, in service, who were lost in said sloop-of-war Levant, including captain's clerk and assistant draughtsman, shall be entitled to, and receive, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, a sum equal to twelve months' pay of their respective deceased relations aforesaid, in addition to the pay due to the said deceased at the date of the loss of said vessel.

Approved July 24, 1861.

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An act to provide for the equitable settlement of the accounts of the officers and crews of the frigato

Congress and other vessels. That the proper accounting officers of the treasury be, and they hereby are, authorized and directed to settle, upon the principles of justice and equity, the accounts of the officers, sailors, marines, and crews of the United States frigate Congress, the sloop Cumberland, and of any other vessel or vessels-of-war, the books of which were lost or destroyed in consequence of the naval engagements at Hampton Roads on the eighth and ninth of March, anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two.

SEC. 2. That the Secretary of the Navy be, and he is hereby, authorized to furnish to the sailors, marines, and crews of any of the vessels engaged in the naval actions in the foregoing section mentioned, whose bedding, clothing, or other property was lost or destroyed therein, with an amount sufficient to cover their losses, and not exceeding sixty dollars to each man, to be paid in kind or in money, at the discretion of the flag-officer of the North Atlantic squadron.

Approved April 2, 1862.

A resolution for the relief of the officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates of the battalion of marines on board the transport Governor, on the third of November, eighteen hundred and sixty-one.

That the sum of seven thousand one hundred and sixth-three dollars and fiftyone cents be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to compensate the officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates who composed the marine battalion attached to the Port Royal Naval Expedition under Flag-Officer DuPont, for the losses of their personal effects by the foundering of the steamer Governor, in which they were embarked, on the third of November last; and that the Secretary of the Navy cause the said sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, to be paid to them according to the estimated value of their personal effects lost in the manner aforesaid.

Approved July 11, 1862.

An act for the relief of the widows and orphans of the officers, seamen, and marines of the United

States ships Cumberland and Congress That the widow, or cbild, or children, and in case there shall be no widow, or child, or children, then the parent, or parents, and if there be no parents, the brothers and sisters of the officers, seamen, and marines, and others in service who were lost in the United States ships Camberland and Congress, including captains' clerks, shall be entitled to and shall receive, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, a sum equal to twelve months' pay of their respective deceased relations aforesaid, in addition to the pay due to the said deceased at the date of the loss of said vessels.

Approved July 11, 1862.

A resolution to compensate the crew of the United States steamer Varuna for clothing and other prop

erty lost in the public service. That the proper accounting officers of the treasury be, and they are hereby, authorized, in settling the accounts of the petty officers, seamen, and others of the crew of the United States steamer Varuna, which was sunk during the engagement near New Orleans on or about the twenty-fourth day of April, eighteen hundred and sixtytwo, to credit each of them with the amount of sixty dollars to cover their losses of bedding, clothing, and other property, occasioned by the sinking of the said steamer.

Approved July 11, 1862.

Joint resolution to compensate the sailors on the gunboat Cairo for loss of clothing. That the proper accounting officers of the treasury be, and they are hereby, anthorized, in settling the accounts of the petty officers, seamen, sailors, and others of the crew of the United States gunboat Cairo, to allow to each a sum not exceedivg fifty dollars as a remuneration for the damage they may have sustained in the loss of their clothing by the destruction of said vessel in December last.

Approved February 13, 1863.

Joint resolution to compensate the crew of the United States steamer Monitor for clothing and other

property lost in the public service. That the proper accounting officers of the treasury be, and they are hereby, authorized, in settling the accounts of the petty officers, seamen, and others of the crew of the United States steamer Monitor, which was wrecked near Cape Hatteras, on or about the 30th day of December, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, to credit each of them with the amount of sixty dollars to cover their losses of bedding, clothing, and other property, occasioned by the sinking of said steamer.

Approved March 3, 1863.

Joint resplution relative to the accounts of the petty officers, seamen, and others of the crew of the

United States gunboat Cincinnati. That the proper accounting officers of the Treasury be, and they are hereby, authorized, in settling the accounts of the petty officers, seamen, and others of the crew of the United States gunboat Cincinnati, to allow each of them all back pay, and a sum, not exceeding fifty dollars, for loss of clothing and other property by the sinking of the said vessel in the Mississippi river, near Vicksburg, on the twenty-seventh day of May, eighteen hundred and sixty-three.

Approved April 19, 1864.

An act fixing the date of the loss of the United States brig“ Bainbridge," and for the relief of officers,

sea nen, and marines of the same, and for other purposes. That for the purpose of fixing the time at which shall commence the pensions, under the existing laws, of the widows and orphan children of the officers, seamen, inarines, and others in service who were lost in the United States brig“ Bainbridge,” as well as the time to which the pay of said officers, seamen, marines, and others in the service shall be allowed, the twenty-first day of August, in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, shall be deemed and taken to be the day on which the said brig“ Bainbridge” foundered at sea.

SEC. 2. That the widow, or child, or children, and in case there sball be no widow, or child, or children, as aforesaid, then the parent or parents, and if there be no

parents, the brothers and sisters of the officers, seamen, marines, and others in service, who were lost in said brig“ Bainbridge,” shall be entitled to and receive, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, a sum equal to twelve months' pay of their respective deceased relations, aforesaid, in addition to the pay due to said deceased at the date of the loss of said vessel.

Approved April 19, 1864.

A resolution to compensate the sailors on the gunboat Baron de Kalb for loss of clothing. That the proper accounting officers of the treasury be, and they are hereby, autborized, in settling the accounts of the petty officers, seamen, sailors, and others of the crew of the United States gunboat Baron de Kalb, to allow to each a sum not exceeding fifty dollars as a remuneration for the damage they may have sustained in the loss of their clothing by the destruction of said vessel, to be paid out of any inoney in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Approved June 7, 1864.

An act relating to captures made by Admiral Farragut's fleet in the Mississippi River in May, (1862,)

eighteen hundred and sixty-eight (two.) That the vessels attached to or connected with Admiral Farragut's fleet in the river Mississippi, which participated in the opening of that river, and which resulted in the capture of New Orleans in the month of May, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and which by law would have been entitled to prize-money in the captures made by said vessels, shall be now entitled to the benefits of the prize-laws in the same manner as they would have been had the district court for the eastern district of Louisiana been then open and the captures made by said vessels had been libelled therein ; and any court of the United States having admiralty jurisdiction may take and have cognizance of all cases arising out of said captures, and the same proceedings shall be had therein as in other cases of prize.

SEC. 2. That the shares in such captures awarded to the officers and men entitled to prize shall be paid out of the Treasury of the United States.

Approved March 3, 1869.

Joint resolution directing an inquiry into the loss of the United States steamer “Oneida.” Whereas, on the twenty-fourth day of January last, the United States steamer "Oneida," when leaving the port of Yokohama, Japan, came in collision with the British Peninsular and Oriental mail steamer “ Bombay," and sunk almost instantly, with the loss of nearly all her officers and the greater part of her men; and whereas the Navy Department has been unable, in answer to a request of the House of Representatives, to communicate any detailed or satisfactory information touching the circumstances of the loss, beyond its extent and the number of casualties; and whereas it appears that no full aud impartial and satisfactory investigation has been made into the causes of the disaster, or into the conduct of the parties implicated in it: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Navy sball, with the least practicable delay, order an inquiry to be made into the particulars of the loss of said United States steamer 66 Oneida," and of her officers and men, including the subsequent conduct of the captain of the steamer “Bombay," with a view to ascertain the responsibility for the collision by wbich she was destroyed, and for the destruction of life which attended the catastrophe, and make report of the same to Congress.

Approved April 7, 1870.

An act for the relief of the widows and orphans of the officers, seamen, and marines of the United

States vessel of war Oneida, and for other purposes. That the widow or child or children, and in case there be no widow or child or children, then the parent or parents, and if there be no parents, the brothers and sisters of the officers, seamen, marines, and others in service who were lost in tbe United States vessel of war Oneida, on the twenty-fourth day of January, eighteen hundred and seventy, shall be entitled to and receive, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, a sum equal to twelve months' sea pay of their respective deceased relations aforesaid, in addition to the pay due to the said deceased at the date of the loss of said vessel, and the proper accounting officers of the Treasury Department are hereby authorized to compute said pay up to and including the said twenty-fourth day of January, eighteen hundred and seventy, the day upon which said vessel was sunk in Yokohama Bay, Japan ; and the said accounting officers are hereby authorized, in adjusting the accounts of such of the officers who were lost on board the Oneida as were entitled by law or regulation to examination for promotion, to allow them the increased pay from the date they became entitled to examination, and the Secretary of the Navy is authorized to issue the commissions of those who were confirmed by the Senate.

SEC. 2. That the proper accounting officers of the Treasury be, and they are hereby, authorized and directed to settle upon the principles of justice and equity the accounts of the officers, sailors, and marines, and others, including captain's clerk, on board the said vessel of war Oneida, and to assume the last quarterly return of the paymaster of said vessel as the basis of computation of the subsequent credits to those on board to the date of such loss, if there be no official evidence to the contrary,

SEC. 3. That the proper accounting officers of the Treasury Department be, and are hereby authorized and directed to settle the accounts of Thomas L. Tullock, junior, late paymaster in the Navy, who was lost in the said vessel of war Oneida, with all his accounts and vouchers, for expenditures and payments made by him, and with all the money, stores, and supplies, procured for the use of said vessel, and to allow him a credit for whatever sum appears to be due from him on the books of the Department.

Approved May 18, 1870.

An act for the recovery of damages for the loss of the sloop of war Oneida. That the Secretary of the Navy be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed, after consultation with the Attorney-General, to take such measures, and institute and pursue to final judgment or decree such proceedings at law, or otherwise, as may be needful to obtain full damages and indemnification for the destruction and the loss of the sloop of war Oneida, in the bay of Yeddo, Japan, in January, eighteen hundred and seventy, and to employ such legal counsel in the United States, or abroad, as he may find requisite to accomplish the purposes of this act.

Approved March 3, 1871.

An act for the relief of the children of 0. H. Berryman, deceased, and others. That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he hereby is, directed, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to pay to Mrs. Columbia N. Payne, Mrs. Alice Bromwell, Calvert 0. Berryman, and William M. Berryman, children of Otway H. Berryman, deceased, and the other officers and crew of the United States schooner Onkahye, the sum of twenty thousand six hundred and sixty-four dollars and sixty-nine cents, being the balance of the prize-money obtained by the capture of the bark Laurevs by the said schooner in the year eighteen hundred and forty-eight; and that said sum of twenty thousand six hundred and sixty-four dollars and sixty-nine cents be distributed among said officers and crew in such proportion as shall be designated by the Secretary of the Navy, according to the provisions of the sixth section of the act of April twenty-third, eighteen hundred, entitled “An act for the government of the navy of the United States."

Approved May 28, 1872.

An act for the relief of the officers and crew of the United States steamer “Kearsarge." That the Secretary of the Navy be, and he hereby is, authorized and directed to pay, out of money hereafter to be appropriated, to Rear-Admiral John A. Winslow, and the officers and crew belonging to the United States steamer " Kearsarge," while engaged in the capture and destruction of the vessel called the “Alabama," on the nineteenth day of June, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, the sum of one hundred and ninety thousand dollars, the same being the estimated value thereof, to be distributed to the officers and crew attached to the “Kearsarge” at the date above named according to the payroll of the ship at the time, and to be in lieu of the bounty authorized by the eleventh section of the act of June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, entitled "An act to regulate prize proceedings, and so forth : " Provided, That no money shall be paid to the assignee of any of said officers or crew, entitled to receive the same, but only to himself in person, or to his wife, or to his personal representatives, excluding any such assignee : And provided further, Tbat if any of the officers or crew of said United States steamer “ Kearsarge" shall have received the bounty provided for by the said section eleven of the act of June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, the same shall be deducted from the amount to be paid to such officer or seaman under this act.

Approved April 17, 1872.

An act granting a pension to the widow of the late Admiral Farragut. That the Secretary of the Interior be, and is hereby, authorized to place the name of Virginia L. Farragut, widow of D. G. Farragut, deceased, late admiral of the United States navy, on the pension roll, and allow and pay her from the interest on the navy pension fund a pension at the rate of two thousand dollars per annum, from and after the passage of this act.

Approved May 28, 1872.

An act authorizing the payment of prize-money to the officers and crew of the United States steamer

Bienville. That the Secretary of the Navy is hereby authorized to direct the proper accounting officers of the Treasury to allow and pay to such persons as were the officers and composed the crew of the United States steamer Bienville on the fifth day of August, eighteen. hundred and sixty-four, a sum equal to that to which the officers and crew of said steamer would have been entitled to receive as prize money had the name of said steamer been inserted in the list of the vessels entitled to share in the captures made in the bay of Mobile on said fifth day of August, eigbteen hundred and sixty-four, the name of said vessel having been accidentally omitted from said list; said sum to be paid out of the naval pension fund.

Approved May 16, 1874.

An act for the relief of certain officers of the Navy who were dropped, furloughed, or retired under

the act of February twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and fifty-five. That all officers now in the Navy, and the widows or heirs of those who have died while attached to the Navy, including the widow of Captain Elisha Peck, relieved by special act of March three, eighteen hundred and seventy-three, who were dropped, furloughed, or retired under the act of February twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and fifty-five, and who were afterward promoted and restored to the active list of the Navy, . under the operations of the act of January sixteenth, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, or by the President, under the operation of subsequent laws, shall be entitled to receive, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the difference between the pay respectively received by them and the pay at that time designated by law for officers on the active list of the rank to which they were respectively promoted, for and during the time they were affected by the operation of the said acts of February twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and fifty-five, and January sixteenth, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven.

Approved January 30, 1875.

An act for the relief of the survivors of the Polaris. That the proper accounting officers of the Treasury be authorized and directed to pay, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to the survivors of the Polaris engaged in the Arctic exploration under command of Captain Charles F. Hall, their widows, or minor children, and in the order named, a sum of money in addition to that already paid, equal in amount to one year's pay which each would have been entitled to respectively if continued in the service, under the rules and regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Navy for said exploring expedition; and that the sum of three bundred and sixty dollars each be paid to Joe Eberbing and Hans Hendrick, Esquimaux, who rendered valuable assistance to that part of the ship's crew rescued from the ice-floe on or about the thirtieth day of April, eighteen hundred and seventy-three; said payment to be made direct to each individual claimant upon satisfactory evidence of bis identity: Provided, That if any sale, assignment, or transfer shall be made of any interest in the gratuity provided by this act, the amount so assigned sball revert to the Government of the United States.

Approved March 3, 1875.

An act for the relief of Mary L. Woolsey, widow of the late Commodore Melancthon B. Woolsey, of

the Navy. That the proper accounting-officer of the Treasury, in adjusting the amount due Melancthon B. Woolsey, deceased, late a commodore in the Navy, shall, in consideration of the devotion of the said deceased to his public duties, which resulted in his death at Pensacola, Florida, on the second day of October, eighteen hundred and seventy-four, pay to Mrs. Mary L. Woolsey, widow of said deceased, the amount of pay to which the said commodore would have been entitled if he had survived and remained in the public service on waiting orders to the end of the present fiscal year, ont of any money appropriated for the pay of the officers of the Navy.

Approved March 3, 1875.

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