NINTH Congress, Session I, Volume 2, Chapter 35.
An Act in addition to an act, entitled "An act supplementary to the act providing for a naval peace establishment, and for other purposes."
Sec. 1. Be it
enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the President of the United States be, and he is hereby, authorized to keep in actual service, in time of peace, so many of the frigates and other public armed vessels of the United States, as, in his judgment, the nature of the service may require, and to cause the residue thereof to be laid up in ordinary in convenient ports.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the pubic armed vessels of the United States, in actual service, in time of peace, shall be officered and manned as the President of the United States shall direct: Provided, That the officers shall not exceed the following numbers and grades, that is to say: thirteen captains, nine masters commandant, seventy‑two lieutenants, and one hundred and fifty midshipmen; but the said officers shall receive no more than half their monthly pay during the time when they shall not be under orders for actual service: And provided farther [sic], that the whole number of able seamen, ordinary seamen and boys, shall not exceed nine hundred and twenty‑five; but the President may appoint, for the vessels in actual service, so many surgeons, surgeons' mates, sailing‑masters, chaplains, pursers, boatswains, gunners, sailmakers, and carpenters, as may, in his opinion, be necessary and proper.
Approved, April 21, 1806.