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Sept. 30 Washington Gas Company.
Oct. 11 Denis Reilly .........

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Oct. 9 Thomas Williams .....

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Oct. 12 Great Falls Ice Company ...... Ice..............
Oct.
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Sundries ..............
Oct. 14 John C. Hogan....

Repairing awnings, &c. .... Oct. 16 William S. Mitchell ........ Carpet-lining, mats, &c. ... Oct. 26 Webb & Beveridge........ Cuspadores, fenders, &c... Nov. 5 Washington Gas Company.......

Gas Nov. 10 Thomas Williams

File-boards, &o........
Nov. 13 S. S. Watts ...

Painting, &o..............
Nov. 19 G. Wagner.................. Ventilator..........
Nov. 24 Louis Koerth ......

Hauling ashes, &c...
2 C. Kattleman .........

Clock .... 3 William S. Mitebell...

Mats, cambric, &o....... 7 Washington Gas Compan

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George J. Musser....

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| L. H. Schneider................. Mauila rope..............
30 Charles G. Ball .....

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30 Thomas Williams ..

File-boards, &c.... ......
R. W. Barker....

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Kindling .......... Feb. 5 Washington Gas Company Gas ................. Feb. 11 N. W. Burchell....

Matches, &c.......... Feb. 19 Thomas Williams...

File-boards, &c......
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Document-straps....
March 7 Washington Gas Compan
March 11 Thomas Williams ....

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Carpenter's work ..
March 31 Washington Gas Company
March 31 Great Falls Ice Company. Ice............
March 31

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March 31 John C. Hogan......

Awnings, &c. ...... April 7 Louis Koerth.

Hauling ashes, &c... April 15 Thomas Williams.

Carpenter's work..... April 15 Charles G. Ball.

Repairing furnace .. April 25 S. S. Watts .....

Painting .......... April 26 R. W. Barker ......

Carpenter's work ... April 29 John C. Hogan...

Awnings ...... May 1 Mary L. Reed........

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20 Session. S

No. 8.

SALE OF NAVY-YARDS.

LETTER

FROM

THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY,

TRANSMITTING

A copy of the report of the board of officers organized under the provisions

of the act of Congress, approved June 30, 1876, to examine and determine whether, in their opinion, any of the navy-yards can be dispensed uith and abandoned, &c.

DECEMBER 12, 1876.- Referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs and ordered to be

printed.

NAVY DEPARTMENT,

Washington, December 11, 1876. SIR: The act of Congress making appropriations for the naval service or the year ending June 30, 1877, and for other purposes, approved June 30, 1876, directed the Secretary of the Navy " to organize a naval voard of five commissioned officers of the Navy, as soon as practicable, bree of whom sball be the senior officers of the active list of the Navy, whose duty it shall be to examine fully and determine whether in their pinion any of the navy-yards can be dispensed with and abandoned, ind if so, to report the best manner of making disposition of the same; ind further, to inquire as to the propriety of establisbing a naval renlezvous at Tybee Island or at Cockspur Island, in the State of Georgia, fat any other point on the coast of Georgia or South Carolina ; and shether any Government property at said islands can be inade availa. ile and is suitable for such purpose ; and said board shall, through he Secretary of the Nary, report to Congress at the commencement of he next session the result of their inquiry."

The board was appointed as directed, and I have the honor to transnit a copy of their report, and also a copy of the proceedings of the

ward.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO, M. ROBESON,

Secretary of the Navy. The Hon. SAMUEL J. RANDALL,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF OFFICERS CONVENED BY

AUTHORITY OF CONGRESS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF NAVY-YARDS.

WASHINGTON, D. C., December 5, 1876. Sir: We hare the bonor to inform you that in obedience to the act of Congress directing us to examine fully and determine whether in our opinion any of the navy-yards can be dispensed with aud abandoned, &c., and in conformity with the order of the Department, dated Sep. tember 4, 1876, we have performed the duty intrusted to us, and beg leave to report as follows:

We recommend that the following pary.yards and stations be not abandoned or dispensed with :

Navy-yard at Kittery, Me.
Navy-yard at Boston, Mass.
Navy-yard at Brooklyn, N. Y.
Navy-yard at League Island, Pa.
Navy-yard at Wasbington, D. C.
Navy-yard at Norfolk, Va.
Navy-yard at Pensacola, Fla.
Navy-yard at Mare Island, Cal.
Naval station at Key West, Fla.
Naval station at Sacket's Harbor, N. Y.

We further recommend that the following places be abandoned and dispensed with:

Navy-sard at New London, Conn.
Naval ground at New Orleans, La.
Naval property at Brunswick, Ga.

Accompanying this report you will find minutes of the proceedings of the board, containing their reasons for coming to the above conclusions, together with such information as they were able to collect.

The board bave visited in a public vessel the harbors of Port Royal, S. C., Savannah, Ga., and Brunswick, Ga., and the coast of South Carolina and Georgia, which it was necessary to do to enable them to form a correct judgment in regard to the several positions, as to their capabilities for naval stations.

The board see no propriety at this moment in recommending aus per. manent naval station at either of these points. Cockspur and Trbee Islands are not at all suited for such a purpose ; at Brunswick, Ga., the ground at present belonging to the Uuited States Gorernment is wholly unsuitable for a navy-yard, owing to its being mostly marsh, its difficult approaches, narrow chanuel, and the distance from shore of the necessary depth of water.

The barbor of Port Royal, S. C., and its tributaries, present great advantages, and offer the necessary depth of water and facilities for entering the port without risk to vessels of war. Port Royal Bay is a noble sheet of water, undoubtedly the finest harbor on our southeru coast. The wonder is that the place was so little kuown or appreciated prior to 1861.

There are several farorable sites for a paral station at Port Royal. all of which must be carefully studied and compared before the best one can be determined. In the mean time the board recommend that Port Royal be used as a temporary fitting and coaling station for ressels stationed in the West Indies.

This could be established at no great outlay, by keeping here a few

old ships, on board which temporary machinery could be erected for the
repair of vessels, engines, and boilers—à store-ship is at present sta-
tioned there-a depot for coal on shore or in hulks, and a hospital and
ordnance-slip, all of which could be removed at a moment's notice, if
the Government did not deem it expedient to continue to occupy this
place as a naral station.
We have the honor to remain, very respectfully, yours,

DAVID D. PORTER, Admiral.
S. C. ROWAN, Vice-Admiral.
C. H. DAVIS, Rear Admiral.
J. W. KING, Chief Engineer.
J. W. EASBY, Naval Constructor.

Proceedings of the board of officers convened by authority of Congress for the examination of navy-yards.

NAVY DEPARTMENT,

WASHINGTON, D. C., September 4, 1876. Sir: The following forms a part of the naval appropriation bill: For the civil establishments of the several navy-yards, $85,000. And the Secretary of the Navy is hereby directed to organize a naval board of five commissioned officers in the Navy, as soon as practicable, three of whom shall be the senior officers on the active list of the Navy, whose duty it sball be to examine fully and determine whether, in their opinion, any of the navy-yards can be dispensed with and abandoued; and, if so, to report the best manner of making disposition of the same, and further to inquire as to the propriety of establishing a naval rendezvous at Tybee Island or at Cockspur Ísland, in the State of Georgia, or at any other point on the coast of Georgia or South Carolina, and whether any Government property at said islands can be made available and are suitable for such purpose, and said board shall, through the Secretary of the Navy, report to Congress, at the commencement of the next session, the result of their inquiry, and the sum of $2,000 is hereby appropriated to meet the expenses incurred by said board.

In accordance therewith the officers specified therein and those herein selected by the Department, Chief Engineer James W. King and Naval. Constructor John W. Easby, will report to you on the 2d October next at any point designated by you, and you will proceed to the execution of the duty as required above, and report with as little delay as may be pecessary to make examinations and discuss the subjects proposed.

You will inform the Department where the members of the board will report to you on the 2d of October next, or as soon thereafter as may be couvenient to you. Very respectfully,

GEORGE M. ROBESON,

Secretary of the Navy. Admiral D. D. PORTER,

Washington D. C.

WASHINGTON, D. C., October 3, 1876. The board met at2 p. m., agreeably to the above order. Present: Ad. miral David D. Porter, Vice-Admiral S. C. Rowan, Rear-Admiral C. H. Davis, Chief Engineer J. W. Kiug, Naval Constructor J. W. Easby.

The subject of the comparative importance was discussed. Adiniral Rowan proposed that the navy-yards should be taken up in order, commencing with that at Kittery, Me. This motion having been unau

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