TWENTY‑SEVENTH Congress, Session I, chapter 206, Vol. 5.
An Act to regulate the pay of pursers and other officers of the navy.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all purchases of clothing, groceries, stores, and supplies of every description for the use of the navy, as well for vessels in commission as for yards and stations, shall be made with, and out of, the public moneys [sic] appropriated for the support of the navy, under such direction and regulations as may be made by the Executive for that purpose; and it shall not be lawful for pursers, or other officers or persons holding commissions or employment in the naval service, to procure stores, or any other articles or supplies for, and dispose thereof to the officers or to the crew, during the period of their enlistment, on or for their own account or benefit; nor shall any profit or per centage [sic] upon stores or supplies be charged to, or received from, persons in the naval service, other than those which are hereinafter prescribed.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the Executive to provide such rules and regulations for the purchase, preservation, and disposition of all articles, stores, and supplies for persons in the navy, as may be necessary for the safe and economical administration of that branch of the public service.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That in lieu of the pay, rations, allowances, and other emoluments authorized by the existing laws and regulations, the annual pay of pursers shall be as follows, viz: when attached to vessels in commission for sea service, they shall receive ‑‑
For ships of the line ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ $3,500
For frigates or razees ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3,000
For sloops of war and steamers of the first class ‑ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2,000
For brigs and schooners, and steamers, less than first class.- - - - - - - - - 1,500
On duty at
navy yards at
stations within in the
receiving ships at
And at other places ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1,500
On leave, or waiting orders, the same pay as surgeons.
And it is hereby expressly declared, that the yearly pay provided in this act is all the pay, compensation, and allowance that shall be received, under any circumstances, by pursers, except one ration each per day, when attached to vessels for sea service, and except also for travelling expenses when under orders, for which ten cents per mile shall be allowed.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That nothing in this act contained shall be construed to affect the bonds which have heretofore been given by pursers in the navy, but the same shall remain in full force and effect as if this law had not been passed; and the Secretary of the Navy is hereby authorized and required to demand and receive from them, or any of them, new bonds, with sufficient sureties, in all cases which he may consider the same necessary and expedient; and in case any purser shall neglect or refuse to give such new bond, it shall be the duty of the Executive to dismiss him forthwith from the service.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the rules and regulations which shall be made in conformity with the provisions of this act, shall be laid before Congress at their next session.
Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That it shall not be lawful for a purser in the navy to advance or loan any sum or sums of money, public or private, or any articles or commodity whatever, or any credit, to any officer in the naval service, under any pretence whatever.
Sec. 7. And be
it further enacted, That the provisions of this act shall go into effect,
Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That pursers attached to, and doing duty in, navy yards at Boston, New York, and Norfolk, and sea‑going vessels of a larger class than sloops of war, shall be authorized to appoint a clerk or assistant, to be approved by the commanding officer of such yard or vessel; and the yearly compensation of such a clerk shall be as follows, viz:
In a frigate,
or navy yard at
In a ship of the line ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ ‑ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 700
Said assistant or clerk shall have the privileges which are allowed to the clerk of the commanding officer:; and each purser and clerk, while attached to vessels in commission, shall receive one ration per day.
Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That all stores of pursers on board ships in commission, shall be taken by the Government at a fair valuation, under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy.
Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That all acts or parts of acts which may be contrary to, or inconsistent with, the provisions of this act, shall be, and are hereby, repealed.
Sec 11. And be
it further enacted, That, from and after the passage of this act, the
annual pay of the forward warrant officers of the navy of the
FOR BOATSWAINS, GUNNERS, CARPENTERS, AND SAILMAKERS ‑‑
When on duty on board ships of the line, and in the three navy yards at Boston, New York, and Norfolk $800
On other duty $700
When on leave of absence or waiting orders, the said officer shall receive $500
for the first ten years, and after, $600.
Sec. 12. And be it further enacted, That whenever an officer shall perform the duty of a higher grade, by order of the Secretary of the Navy, or the commander of a fleet or squadron, or ship acting singly on foreign service, such officer shall be entitled to receive the pay of such higher grade during the time he performs the duty in that grade, and no longer; and no allowance shall be made for performing such service hereafter, unless so ordered.
Approved, August 26, 1842.