THIRTY—FIRST CONGRESS. Sess. I. Ch. 80. 1850. (515)
...payment in said proportion only: Provided, That flogging in the navy, and on board vessels of commerce, be, and the same is hereby, abolished from and after the passage of this act.
And that no midshipman in the navy shall be appointed from any congressional district, having at the time of appointment more than two officers of that grade in the navy from such district: and whenever an appointment shall be made from any State, the person so appointed shall be an actual resident of the congressional district from which the appointment purports to be made: And provided, further, that such congressional district of any State, as may not have any midshipmen in the navy at the time an appointment may be made from said State, shall be entitled to at least one appointment before any other shall be made from any district of the State having one or more officers of that grade in the navy.
For preparing for publication the American Nautical Almanac, twelve thousand eight hundred and fifty dollars: Provided, That hereafter the meridian of the observatory at Washington shall be adopted the meridian and used as the American meridian for all astronomical purposes, and that the meridian of Greenwich shall be adopted for all nautical purposes.
And the Secretary of the Navy is hereby directed, in making contracts and purchases of articles for naval purposes, to give the preference, all other things (including price and quality) being equal, to articles of the growth, production, and manufacture of the United States; and that in the article of fuel for the navy, or naval stations and yards, the Secretary of the Navy shall have power to discriminate and purchase, in such manner as he may deem proper, that kind of fuel which is best adapted to the purpose for which it is to be used.
And the pay of the superintendent of the naval school at Annapolis shall be at the rate allowed to an officer of his rank, when in service at sea.
For constructions, extension, and completion of the following objects, and for contingent repairs at the several navy yards, viz.:
At Portsmouth, N.H.—For brick stables, lime-house, coal-house, filling in wharf east of bridge, filling in wharf east of timber-shed, machinery and tools for smithery, and for repairs of all kinds, thirty-one thousand six hundred and seventy-three dollars.
At Boston.—For storehouse on number thirty-six, stone skids in timber-shed number thirty-three, stone skids in timber-shed number thirty-eight, paving in front and rear of carpenters and joiners shops, completing sail loft and cordage-store, mastmakers shed, N. Pedrick’s patent fliers, drains between timber-sheds, and repairs of all kinds, one hundred and eight thousand five hundred dollars.
At New York.—For one officer’s house, one work and machine shop, quay walls, dredging channels, sewer from city drain, house on gun block, removing coffer dam and dredging in front of dock, and for repairs of all kinds, one hundred and nineteen thousand five hundred dollars.
At Philadelphia.—For extending wharves number one, two, and four, extending ways in ship-house G, moving ship-house F, and extending ways, two culverts and moving shears, raising roof of smithery, raising roof of timber-shed five, filling up old timber dock, iron railing front of officers’ houses, and for repairs of all kinds, eighty thousand and ninety-three dollars: and the pay of the engineer, Ward B. Burnett, at the navy yard, Philadelphia, be two thousand three hundred and fifty dollars, commencing at the time of his appointment on the first day of February, eighteen hundred and forty-nine.
At Washington.—For a building and machinery for a copper rolling establishment, and for repairs of all kinds, fifty-one thousand three hundred dollars.