PROPOSALS FOR PURCHASE OF VESSELS
Navy Department, Washington, June 21, 1883.
In accordance with the provisions of the 5th section of the act of Congress making appropriations to supply deficiencies approved March 3, 1883, sealed proposals will be received at the Navy Department until noon on MONDAY, Sept. 24, 1883, at which time and place they will be opened, for the purchase of certain vessels which have been stricken from the Navy Register, under authority of an act of Congress approved Aug. 5, 1882, and which it is deemed for the best interests of the United States to sell.
The vessels offered, their appraised value, and their locality are: ... New Orleans, $200 (on the stocks) at Sacket's Harbor, N. Y. ...
Proposals must be submitted in a sealed envelope, addressed to the Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C. and endorsed "Proposals for the purchase of vessels," so as to distinguish them from other communications. No offer for more than one vessel should be included within one proposal.
The vessels will be sold, for cash, to the person or persons, or corporation or corporations, offering the highest prices therefor above the appraised value thereof. Each bid or proposal must be accompanied by a deposit in cash (or satisfactory certified check) of not less than ten per cent of the amount of the offer or proposal, and also a bond with a penal sum equal to the whole amount of the offer, with two or more sureties, to be approved by the Secretary of the Navy, conditioned for the payment of the remaining ninety per cent of the amount of such offer or proposal within thirty days from the date of its acceptance. In case default is made in the payment thereof, within that time, said cash deposit of ten per cent shall be considered as forfeited to the Government, and shall be applied as directed in the act of March 3, 1883. All deposits and bonds of bidders whose proposals shall not be accepted will be returned to them within seven days after the opening of the proposals.
On application to the department, a printed list will be furnished giving general information concerning the vessels; also forms of bids and bonds, which must be used by bidders. The vessels can be examined at any time by applying to the commandants of the yards.
The purchasers must remove the vessels purchased from the limits of the yards or stations within such reasonable time as may be fixed by the department.
William E. Chandler, Secretary of the Navy