The history and topography of the United States [of North America] Volume 2

9781236470034: The history and topography of the United States [of North America] Volume 2

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. Excerpt: can be expended without a neglect of more urgent duties.--An increased estimate, to advance all these improvements, is presented for the ensuing year. Among other contemplated im-CHAP. provements in those plans, were ropewalks at some of our present yards. All W' observation and experience in the navy show, that in nothing does it suffer more at this time than from bad cordage. The impositions in the quality of the hemp, in the manufacture, and in the tar, are numerous, are difficult of detection, productive of injurious delays when detected, and when not detected, exceedingly hazardous to the safety of both crews and vessels.---The vessels in ordinary have been at most of the yards, covered, so as to shelter them effectually from sunshine and storms, and to render their security from decay much greater than heretofore. It is a gratifying circumstance, that most of these vessels, as well as those upon the stocks, are in a condition highly creditable to the persons who planned and executed the present mode of preserving them; and that, by proper care in future, until put in commission, no probability whatever exists of much further decay in the important portions of their expensive works, or of any decay in those portions composed of the invaluable material of live oak. The whole purchases of timber and stores, under the act for the gradual Ac_cumuincrease of the navy, and which remain in deposit at the yards, are over a million and l?,t,ii',:,-of-,nd a half in value. The amount of purchases, under the act for the gradual improve-'""" ment of the navy, in deposit, is nearly half a. million. The amount of property on hand for repairs is almost a million. The ordnance, provisions, &c. amount to upwards of a million and a half...

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