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United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/2nd Congress/1st Session/Chapter 17

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April 12, 1792
Chap. ⅩⅦ.—An Act supplementary to the act for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers.


Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,Expenses of beacons, &c. to be borne till July 1793. That all expenses which shall accrue from the first day of July next, inclusively, for the necessary support, maintenance, and repairs of all lighthouses, beacons, buoys, the stakeage of channels, on the sea-coast, and public piers, shall continue to be defrayed by the United States, until the first day of July, in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three,1793, ch. 27. notwithstanding such lighthouses, beacons, or public piers, with the lands and tenements thereunto belonging, and the jurisdiction of the same, shall not in the mean time be ceded to, or vested in the United States, by the state or states respectively, in which the same may be, and that the said time be further allowed, to the states respectively to make such cession.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted,Floating beacons to be placed at Charleston harbor and Chesapeak bay. That the secretary of the treasury be authorized to cause to be provided, erected, and placed, a floating beacon, and as many buoys, as may be necessary for the security of navigation, at and near the entrance of the harbor of Charleston, in the state of South Carolina. And also to have affixed three floating beacons in the bay of Chesapeak; one at the north end of Willoughby’s Spit, another at the tail of the Horse Shoe; and the third on the shoalest place of the middle ground.

Approved, April 12, 1792.