Hearings Before the Committee on Naval Affairs, House of Representatives, on H. R. 15403, for a General Board...

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1904 - 83 pages
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Page 968 - States, 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.
Page 980 - The business of the Department of the Navy shall be distributed in such manner as the Secretary of the Navy shall judge to be expedient and proper among the following bureaus: First.
Page 968 - States ; to consist of three commissioners, not members of Congress, and two members of Congress, any three of whom to form a board for the despatch of business...
Page 972 - ... their pursuits, from the immediate influence of that public opinion which is the best corrective of manners, and with a most imperfect system of laws and regulations as a substitute for it, what is there but their own sense of propriety to prevent naval officers from falling into the worst excesses? For twenty years past the navy has received from the Government little more than a stepmother's care. It was established without plan and has been conducted upon no principle fixed and regulated by...
Page 968 - ... authority hereby devolved upon him, the functions and appointments of the Board of Admiralty, the several navy boards, agents, and all civil officers under them, shall cease and determine : Resolved, That the registers, books, and papers, belonging to the admiralty and navy boards, or in their custody, be delivered over to the said superintendant of finance, and preserved by him.
Page 935 - Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Navy is authorized, in his discretion, to...
Page 968 - That for the present an agent of the marine be appointed, with authority to direct, fit out, equip and employ the ships and vessels of war belonging to the United States, according to such instructions as he shall, from time to time, receive from Congress...
Page 969 - ... celerity and security for which it is distinguished, may be seen in the American Navy, which is truly indigenous and distinct from every other. The independent character of the nation is manifestly visible in the genius of its Navy. The classes of our ships, their form, construction, armament, and equipment, have been tested by experience, and found to have been happily adapted to our circumstances, compelling the enemy either to employ ships-of-the-line against frigates, or to construct a new...
Page 959 - It shall consider the number and types of ships proper to constitute the fleet, the number and rank of officers, and the number and ratings of enlisted men required to man them, and shall advise the Secretary of the Navy respecting the estimates therefor (including such increase as may be requisite) to be submitted annually to Congress.
Page 969 - Representatives directing the Secretary of the Navy to report a plan for the reorganization of the Navy (passed 19th February, 1839), the Hon.

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