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(ACT of April 18th, 1814.) Sec. v. The president is hereby authorized to contract for the building any of the six forty-four gun ships authorized by law: Provided, That the building be under the inspection of an agent appointed by the secretary of the navy.
Sec. vr. The president of the United States shall be author. ized to sell or dispose of such and so many of the gunboats belonging to the United States as may have become unfit for service, or as, in his judgment, may no longer be necessary to be retained by the government.
ACT of March 4, 1814. 4 Bioren, 652.
(See title Pensions.]
32. Sec. 11. If any seaman or marine belonging to the navy of the United States shall die, or if any officer, seaman, or marine, belonging to the navy of the United Sates, shall have died since the eighteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousanıl eight hundred and twelve, by reason of a wound received in the line of his duty, leaving a widow, or, if no widow, a child or children, under sixteen years of age, such widow, or, if no widow, such child or children, shall be entitled to receive half the monthly pay to which the deceased was entitled at the time of his death, which allowance shall continue for the term of five years; but in case of the death or intermarriage of such widow, before the expiration of the said term, of five years, the half pay, for the remainder of the term, shall go to the child or children of the deceased: Provided, That such half pay shall cease on the death of such child or children. And the money required for this purpose shall be paid out of the navy pension fund, under the direction of the commissioners of that fund.
ACT of April 18, 1814. 4 Bioren, 690. 33. Sec. 1. The officers and seamen of the revenue cutters of the United States, who have been, or may be wounded or disa. bled in the discharge of their duty, while cooperating with the navy by order of the president of the United States, shall be entitled to be placed on the navy pension list, at the same rate of pension, and under the same regulations and restrictions as are now provided by law for the officers and seamen of the navy.
ACT of April 18, 1814. 4 Bioren, 705. An act concerning the pay of officers, seamen and marines in the navy of the
34. Sec. 1. The pay and subsistence of the respective commission and warrant officers shall be as follows: a lieutenant, other
(ACT of February 7th, 1815.) than a master commandant, or lieutenant commanding a small vessel, forty dollars per month and three rations per day; a chaplain, forty dollars per month, and two rations per day; a sailing master, forty dollars per month, and two rations per day; a surgeon, fifty dollars per month, and two rations per day; a surgeon's mate, thirty dollars per month and two rations per day; a purser, forty dollars per month and two rations per day; a boatswain, twenty dollars per month and two rations per day; a gunner, twenty dollars per month, and two rations per day; a sailmaker, twenty dollars per month, and two rations per day; and the pay to be allowed to the petty officers and midshipmen, and the pay and bounty upon enlistment of the seamen, ordinary seamen, and marines, shall be fixed by the president of the United States: Provi. ded, That the whole sum to be given for the whole pay aforesaid, and for the pay of officers, and that the amount of bounties upon enlistment of seamen and marines, shall not exceed, for any year, the amount which may, in such year, be appropriated for those purposes, respectively.
ACT of December 15, 1814. 4 Bioren, $25. an act directing the staff officers of the army to comply with the requisitions
of naval and marine officers in certain cases.
[See title ARMY, 74, ante page 66.]
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ACT of February 7, 1815. 4 Bioren, 791, An act to alter and amend the several acts for establishing a navy department
by adding thereto a board of commissioners. 35. Sec, 1. The president of the United States is hereby authorized, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, to appoint three officers of the navy, whose rank shall not be below a post captain, who shall constitute a board of commissioners for the navy of the United States; and shall have power to adopt such rules and regulations for the government of their meetings as they may judge expedient, and the board só constituted, shall be attached to the office of the secretary of the navy; and under his superintendance, shall discharge all the ministerial duties of said office, relative to the procurement of naval stores and materials, and the construction, armament, equipment, and employment, of vessels of war, as well as all other matters connected with the naval establishment of the United States. And the said board shall appoint their own secretary, who shall receive, in compensation for his services, a sum not exceeding two thousand dollars per andum, who shall keep a fair record of their proceedings, subject at all times to the inspection of the president of the United States, and the secretary of the navy. Sec. . The said board of commissioners, by, and with the (ACT of April 16th, 1816.) consent of the secretary of the navy, are hereby authorized to prepare such rules and regulations as shall be necessary for securing an uniformity in the several classes of vessels and their equipments, and for repairing and refitting them, and for securing responsibility in the subordinate officers and agents; which regulations, when approved by the president of the United States, shall be respected and obeyed, until altered and revoked by the same authority, and the said rules and regulations thus prepared and approved, shall be laid before congress at their next session. It shall also be the duty of said board, upon the requisition of the secretary of the navy, to furnish all the estimates of expenditure which the several branches of the service may require, and such other information and statements as he may deem necessary. . Sec. ill. The officer of the said board holding the oldest commission shall preside, and each commissioner shall be entitled to receive, in compensation for his services, three thousand five hundred dollars per annum, in lieu of wages, rations, and other emoluments, as naval officers; and all letters and packets to and from the said commissioners, which relate to their official duties, shall be free from postage.
Sec. iv. Nothing in this act shall be construed to take from the secretary of the navy, his control and direction of the naval fores of the United States, as now by law possessed.
ACT of March 3, 1815. 4 Bioren, 838. Sec. I. The board of navy commissioners are hereby authorized to appoint two clerks to be attached to their office, who shall receive for their services, a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars each, per annum.
ACT of February 27, 1815. 4 Bioren, 814. · 36. Sec. iv. The president of the United States is hereby authorized, to cause all the armed vessels thereof on the lakes, ex. cept such as he may deem necessary to enforce the proper execution of the revenue laws, to be sold or laid up, as he may judge most conducive to the public interest; such vessels being first di. vested of their armament, tackle and furniture, which are to be carefully preserved.
57. Sec. vr. The president of the United States, is hereby authorised to cause to be sold, they being first divested of their guns and military stores, which are to be carefully preserved; such and so many of the gun boats, as in his judgment, may no longer be necessary to be retained for the public service.
ACT of April 16, 1816. Pamphlet edit. 56. An act in addition to an act, entitled “ An act in relation to the navy pension
fund.” 37. Sec. 1. In all cases of prizes captured by the public armed
(ACT of April 16th, 1816.) ships of the United States, which shall be sold under the order of the proper prize court, by interlocutory or final decree, it shall be the duty of the marshal of the United States, making the sale, to pay the proceeds thereof into the registry of the proper court, within thirty days after such sale shall be made and closed, and immediately upon the payment into the registry of the proceeds as aforesaid, it shall be the duty of the clerk of the court to deposit the same in some bank to be designated by the judge or judges of the court, subject to the order and distribution of the court as in other cases, and when the said prizes shall have been duly condemned, it shall be the duty of the court to direct the share of such prizes belonging to the United States, to be forth with carried in the account with such bank, to the credit of the treasurer of the United States, on account of the navy pension fund, and copies of the certificate of such deposit and credit shall be thereupon transmitted to the treasurer of the United States and to the secre. tary of the navy, as soon as may be, by the clerk of such court; and the share of such prizes belonging to the captors, deposited as aforesaid, shall be paid over to the parties entitled, or to their authorised agent or agents, upon the order of the proper court in term, or of the judge or judges of such court in vacation.
Sec. 11. It shall be the duty of the marshals of the several clistricts of the United States, and of the clerks of the respective courts of the United States, to state and settle their respective accounts in all cases of prizes captured as aforesaid, specifying therein all costs and charges taxed, claimed and paid by them, and to submit the same to the proper court, having cognizance thereof, for examination and allowance, within sixty days after a final adjudication of such causes, unless a different time shall be assigned by such court; and thereupon such courts in term, or any judge thereof in vacation may proceed summarily to hear, examine, and allow the same accounts, and, after such allowance, one copy of the same accounts shall be filed among the records of the court, and another copy shall be transmitted by the clerk of the court to the secretary of the navy, within thirty days after the allowance thereof.
Sec. ll. It shall be the duty of the district attornies of the respective districts of the United States to transmit to the secretary of the navy a statement of all prizes captured as aforesaid which shall be libelled, condemned, or restored, at each term of the clistrict and circuit courts, within their respective districts, as soon as may be after the conclusion of each term, and to accompany such list with a schedule and invoice of the various articles composing the cargoes of such prizes. 6. Sec. Iv. The respective courts of the United States, before whom a libel against any prizes captured as aforesaid, shall be pending, or by whom a decree of condemnation and distribution of such prizes shall have been awarded, shall have full power and
(ACT of April 29th, 1816.) authority, in the exercise of their admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, to issue a monition and other proper process to compel the marshal and clerk to perform, and obey the requisitions of this act; and upon the complaint of the United States or any person interested in the premises, summarily to hear and examine the same, and to make such award, order and decree therein, as to justice and law shall appertain. And if the marshal or clerk shall wilfully refuse, or unreasonably neglect to perform and obey any of the requisitions of this act, the party so refusing or neglecting shall further forfeit and pay to the United States the sum of five hundred dollars for every such refusal or neglect.
Sec. vii. In cases where the allowance of the half monthly pay, which may now be granted by law, to officers, seamen, and marines, disabled in the service of the United States, shall, in the opinion of the commissioners of the navy pension fund, from the nature and extent of the disability, and the situation of the party disabled, be inadequate to his necessary subsistence, the said commissioners shall be, and hereby are authorised, in their discretion to increase such allowance, to any sum not exceeding the full amount of the monthly pay to which the party so disabled was by law entitled in the said service.
ACT of April 29, 1816. Pamphlet edit. 117. An act for the gradual increase of the davy of the United States. 38. Sec. I. For the gradual increase of the navy of the United States, the sum of one million of dollars per annum, for eight years, is hereby appropriated, including the sum of two hundred thousand dollars per annum, for three years, or the unexpended balance thereof, appropriated by an act approved on the third day of March, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, entitled " An act concerning the naval establishment,”
Sec. II. The president of the United States is hereby authori. zed, to cause to be built nine ships, to rate not less than seventyfour guns each, and twelve ships, to rate not less than forty-four guns each, including one seventy-four and three forty-four gun ships, authorized to be built by an act bearing date on the second day of January, one thousand eight hundred and thirteen, entitled
An act to increase the navy of the United States;” and in carrying this act into effect, the president shall be, and he is hereby authorised as soon as the timber and other necessary materials are procured, and the timber properly seasoned, to cause the said ships to be built and equipped; or, if in his judgment, it will more conduce to the public interest, he may cause the said ships to be framed and remain on the stocks, and kept in the best state of preservation, to be prepared for service in the shortest time practicable, when the public exigency may require them.