Commodore to the Naval Armaments of the Province to be appointed on Monday next, Two additional armed Boats to be built

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In Committee of Safety, June 3, 1776.

Present: James Mease, Chairman, Thomas Wharton, Jun˙, James Biddle, George Clymer, John Nixon, Daniel Roberdeau, Barnard Dougherty, Samuel Hunter, Owen Biddle, Joseph Parker, Samuel Morris, Jun.

Resolved, That each Galley in the service of this Province be supplied with a small convenient Iron Hearth, and that this regulation supersede the former orders to procure a vessel for cooking in.

Upon application of Barnard Dougherty, Esq˙, for a sum of Money for the payment of Fire-locks engaged by him for the use of Bedford County, agreeable to a Resolve of this Board of the 1st April last, by order of the Board an Order was drawn in his favour on Michael Hillegas, Esq˙, for £150 for that purpose.

By order of the Board Robert Towers, Commissary, was directed to deliver Daniel Lukens two wagon-loads of Brimstone, to be sent to Germantown, to be stored there.

Resolved, That this Board go into the consideration of the appointment of a Commodore to the Naval Armaments of this Province on Wednesday next, and that the Members be noticed to attend on that day, at nine o' clock in the morning.

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By order of the Board Robert Towers, Commissary, was directed to deliver Thomas Heinberger five hundred weight of Brimstone, to be manufactured into Gunpowder.

Resolved, That Mr˙ John Britton and Mr˙ Thomas Cuthbert be desired to prepare the Flats purchased for Hulks, by fitting them immediately with coarse ordinary Hay and light Timber, agreeable to particular directions accompanying this Resolve, and to purchase the necessary Anchors and Cables to moor them at their respective stations.

Resolved, That the men employed in the service of this Province on board the Naval Armaments thereof be allowed the following Wages, to commence the 1st of this month: Seamen, £3 per month; Landsmen, 50s˙ per month.

Resolved, That two additional Armed Boats or Gondolas be immediately built.

That Major Samuel Mifflin, Captain Nathaniel Falconer, and Captain James Craig, Jun˙, be requested to superintend the building of the Boats.

That the said gentlemen be requested to superintend the building the two Gondolas ordered for the Bay service.

By order of the Board an Order was drawn on John Nixon, Esq˙, and others, the Committee of Accounts, for £150, to be charged to his Account.

Resolved, That Mr˙ John Mitchell continue victualling the Officers and Men employed on board the Naval Armaments and Artillery Company in the service of this Province, from the 11th instant to the 11th September next, at the same price of his former contract with this Board.