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Inspection and Classification of Stores at Three Naval Yards

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Document Information
Date July 12, 1796
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Office
Recipient Name Josiah Fox (primary) Location: War Department
Summary Fox is to visit the naval yards at Boston, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Boston, to examine the stores. He is to class the timbers according to directions laid out in the letter. He is also to ensure that the stores and timbers are secure from weather and theft. Shipbuilders should send quotes to McHenry for the construction of a 36 gun frigate.
Document Format Letterbook Copy
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Related Persons/Groups Josiah Fox; James McHenry; shipbuilders; Secretary of War; Accountant of the War Department; ;
Related Places New York; Portmouth, New Hampshire; Boston; navy yard; Philadelphia; Baltimore; warehouses; War Department; War Office; ;
Keywords journey; examine; assort; distinct parcels; ship timbers; planks; naval stores; greater protection; security; 36 gun frigate; sketch A; classes; live oak; frigates; construction; timbers; floors; futtocks; knees; defects; statement; thickness; length; masts; spars; estimate; weather; enclosures; naval materials; contract; terms; vessel; well seasoned timber; reasonable compensation; warrant; expenses; vouchers; reports; disbursements; progress made on the frigate building; top timbers; ;
Key Phrases timbers assorted for frigate sketch A; visit the warehouses where Naval materials are stored; take an exact inventory of the different kinds and quantity of each; ascertaining the terms on which the shipbuilders at the towns your are to visit; exhibit the number sizes and kinds of masts and spars; contemplated to dispose of the timbers; injured by keeping; endeavor to form an opinion of what these would probably sell for at the places where deposited; assort the timbers or planks agreeable to their names; number of each; comprehend the number of pieces of live oak suitable for the frigate building or suspended but which may be used in the construction of the frigate sketch A; comprehend the number of pieces of live oak unsuitable for any frigates including sketch A by reason of defect; number of pieces of white oak suitable and wanted for frigate sketch A; number of pieces unsuitable and not wanted for the frigate under construction; exhibit a statement of the plank in each yard arranged according to their thickness, lengths and kind; exclusive of the quantity necessary to complete the frigate at Boston; comprehend the number of pieces of live oak at the respective yards fit for the Frigate; building has been suspended; exclusive of the pieces requisite for those under construction; examine into the state of the Naval Stores at those placed and procure for them greater protection and security where wanted; obtain from the principal shipbuilders; upon what terms and within what time they will agree to build a 36 gun frigate of the dimensions described in Sketch A; arrange the shiptimber and planks according to the following classes; be pleased forthwith to proceed; general object of your journey to these towns; examine, assort and arrange into distinct parcels the ship timber and planks the property of the United States in the different yards;

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