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Proposals received for the construction of torpedo-boat destroyers Nos. 43 to 50. (Class 1: Hull and machinery, department's plans. Class 2: Department's design, with cruising turbines and reduction gearing. Class 3: Hull and equipments, department's plans;

turbine machinery, bidder's design.)

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Fore River Ship Building
Co.

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Union Iron Works..

803, 650
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Newport News
Bullding & Dry Dock
Ship 825,000

806,000

820,000 - 801,000
Co.

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(Curtis turbines with

recipro29 cating engines; Thorny

croft boilers. Curtis turbines; Yarrow 29

boilers.
Curtis turbines with recipro-
29 cating engines; Yarrow

boilers.
29 Department's design.

(Turbines with Westing-
29 house reduction gearing;

Express boilers. 29 Department's design.

Parsons's turbines with re 29 duction gearing; Thorny

croft boilers.

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Curtis turbines with

roolprocating engines; Thorny.

croft bollers.
Curtis turbines; Thorny.

croft boilers.
(Parsons's turbines with re-

ciprocating engines; Ex-
press boilers.
Cramp turbines with recip-
rocating engines; Express
boilers.

1 Under method of payment up to value of work done. 2 Delaware Breakwater trial course.

• Under method of payment up to value of work done: Delaware Breakwater trial course. NOTE.-Amount of bid on 90 per cent basis-te., payments equal to 90 per cent of the value of the work done.

Contracts for torpedo-boat destroyers Nos. 43 and 44 were signed with the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Me., on September 6, 1911, at a price of $761,500 each; to have the department's design of engines installed and to be completed within 24 months.

Contract for torpedo-boat destroyer No. 45 was signed with the New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N. J., on September 8, 1911, at a price of $777,500; to have the bidder's design of Curtis turbines with reciprocating engines installed and to be completed within 24 months.

Contract for torpedo-boat destroyer No. 46 was signed with the Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, Mass., on September 6, 1911, at a price of $779,450; to have bidder's design of Curtis turbines with reciprocating engines installed and to be completed within 24 months.

Contracts for torpedo-boat destroyers_ Nos. 47 to 50 were signed with the Wm. Cramp & Sons' Ship & Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, Pa., on September 7, 1911, at a price of $756,100 each; to have the bidder's design of Cramp turbines with reciprocating engines installed and to be completed within 22, 23, 231, and 24 months, respectively.

SUBMARINE TORPEDO BOATS.

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Circular defining the chief characteristics of submarine torpedo boats Nos. 32 to 35, authorized by act of Congress approved June 24, 1910, was signed by the Acting Secretary of the Navy November 29, 1910, and issued to bidders upon request thereafter.

Bids for the construction of these submarines were opened at the department March 14, 1911, and contracts were awarded as follows:

Contracts for submarines No. 32, Haddock, and No. 33, Cachalot, were signed with the Electric Boat Co., New York, N. Y., on May 31, 1911, at a price of $469,000 each; to be completed within 25 months.

Contracts for submarines No. 34, Orca, and No. 35, Walrus, were signed with the Electric Boat Co., New York, N. Y., on May 31, 1911, at a price of $501,000 each; to be completed within 26 months and 27 months, respectively.

Circular defining the chief characteristics of submarine torpedo boats Nos. 36 to 39, authorized by act of Congress approved March 4, 1911, was signed by the Acting Secretary of the Navy June 21, 1911, and issued to bidders upon request thereafter.

Bids for the construction of these vessels were opened at the department September 1, 1911.

GUNBOATS AND SUBMARINE TENDER. The plans and specifications for the gunboat, river gunboat, and submarine tender, authorized by act of Congress approved March 4, 1911, are in course of preparation.

FLEET COLLIERS NOS. 9 AND 10. The general plans and specifications of fleet colliers Nos. 9 and 10, authorized by act of Congress approved June 24, 1910, were completed and circular signed by the Acting Secretary of the Navy on August 16, 1910, and issued to bidders upon request thereafter.

The general characteristics of the vessels are as follows: Length between perpendiculars (not more than).

530 feet. Breadth (not more than)..

65 feet. Mean draft (not more than).

27 feet 6 inches. Cargo and bunker coal..

12,500 tons. Speed on trial...

14 knots.

Bids for the construction of fleet colliers Nos. 9 and 10 were opened at the department December 1, 1910.

The tender of the Union Iron Works being the only formal bid received, and that in excess of the appropriation, a new circular was signed by the Acting Secretary of the Navy April 18, 1911, and bids were opened at the department June 20, 1911.

Proposals received for the construction of fleet colliers Nos. 9 and 10. (Class 1: Hull and machinery, department's plans. Class 2: Hull and machinery, bidder's design.

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i Bids received Dec. 1, 1910. : Bid informal and afterwards withdrawn. To be classed under the American Bureau of Shipping. * Bids received June 20, 1911. • Under 90 per cent method of payment, i. e., payments equal to 90 per cent of the value of the work done. Under method of payment up to value of work done. • If also awarded contracts for colliers Nos. 11 and 12.

Contracts for colliers Nos. 9 and 10 were awarded to the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va., on July 18, 1911, at a price of $990,000 each.

COLLIERS "NOS. 11” AND “12.". The contract plans and specifications of fleet colliers Nos. 11 and 12, authorized by act of Congress, approved March 4, 1911, were completed and circular signed by the Acting Secretary of the Navy on April 13, 1911, and issued to bidders upon request thereafter, the general characteristics being similar to colliers Nos. 9 and 10.

Bids for the construction of these colliers were opened at the department June 20, 1911.

Proposals received for construction of fleet colliers Nos. 11 and 12. (Class 1: Hull and machinery, department's plans. Class 2: Hull and machinery, bidder's design.)

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Under 90 per cent method of payment; i. e., payments equal to 90 per cent of the value of the work done
? Under method of payment up to value of work done.
* Is also awarded contracts for colliers Nos. 9 and 10.

All under method of full payment. For 90 per cent method, add $1,550 per vessel.
5 Transverse system.
• Isherwood system

Contracts for colliers Nos. 11 and 12 were awarded to the Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, Md., on July 18, 1911, at a price of $951,000 each.

SEAGOING TUGS.

Circular defining the chief characteristics of tugs Nos. 12 and 13, authorized by act of Congress approved March 4, 1911, was signed by the Acting Secretary of the Navy April 13, 1911, and issued to the bidders upon request thereafter.

The general features of the vessels are as follows: Length between perpendiculars...

.175 feet. Breadth, molded...

.34 feet. Mean draft, trial condition..

12 feet 6 inches. Displacement, trial condition (about).

.1,100 tons. Bunker capacity (about)..

435 tons. Speed on trial..

...14 knots. Bids for the construction of these tugs were opened at the department June 20, 1911.

Proposals received for construction of tugs Nos. 12 and 13.

[Class 1: In general accordance with department's plans. Class 2: Bidder's design.)

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1 Under 90 per cent method of payment; i. e., payments equal to 90 per cent of the value of the work done. 2 Under method of payment up to value of work done.

Contracts for tugs Nos. 12 and 13 were awarded to the New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N. J., on July 18, 1911, at a price of $194,000 each.

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