Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen:-
If there is any one thing in which we are deficient in our navy yard appointments it is in the matter of docks. We have not to-day a navy yard at which it can be said that there are any docking facilities.
We have at Boston, New York and Norfolk one stone dry dock each; at Kittery there is an old and cumbersome lifting dock, as also one at Mare Island. Each of these docks is in bad condition and it was but a short time since that the Mare Island dock failed with a foreign man-of-war, very nearly producing disastrous results. There is now building for the Pensacola yard an iron, floating, sectional dock, two sections being already at the yard. This work being new is probably in good working order and is also, probably, supplied with such appliances as modern requirements may have suggested.