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REGULATIONS

FOR THE

NAVY OF THE UNITED STATES.

1864.

ARTICLE I.

Classification of Vessels.

What vessels are to constitute first, second, third, and fourth rates.

FIRST RATES.

1.... Sailing ships of 2,000 tons and upwards.

Screw steamers of 2,500 tons and upwards.
Paddle-wheel steamers of 2,400 tons and upwards.
Iron-clad steamers of 3,300 tons and upwards.

SECOND RATES.

2.... Sailing ships from 1,300 to 2,000 tons.

Screw steamers from 1,200 to 2,500 tons.
Paddle-wheel steamers from 1,000 to 2,400 tons.
Iron-clad steamers from 2,000 to 3,300 tons.
Purchased screw steamers of 1,400 tons and upwards.
Purchased paddle-wheel steamers of 1,500 tons and upwards.

THIRD RATES.

3....Sailing ships from 700 to 1,300 tons.

Screw steamers from 600 to 1,200 tons.
Paddle-wheel steamers from 700 to 1,000 tons.
Iron-clad steamers from 1,200 to 2,000 tons.
Purchased screw steamers from 700 to 1,400 tons.
Purchased paddle-wheel steamers from 900 to 1,500 tons.
Receiving ships.

Line and Staff Officers, with their relative Rank.

FOURTH RATES.

4.... Sailing ships under 700 tons.

Screw steamers under 600 tons.
Paddle-wheel steamers under 700 tons.
Iron-clad steamers under 1,200 tons.
Purchased screw steamers under 700 tons.
Purchased paddle-wheel steamers under 900 tons.
Store and supply vessels.

ARTICLE II.

Line and Staff Officers, with their relative Rank. 5.-..Surgeons, Paymasters, Naval Constructors, Chief Engineers, Chaplains, Professors of Mathematics, Passed Assistant Surgeons, Secretaries, Assistant Surgeons, Assistant Naval Constructors, Assistant Paymasters, First Assistant Engineers, Second Assistant Engineers, Third Assistant Engineers, Clerks, Carpenters, and Sailmakers, are to be regarded as Staff Officers, and all other officers of the service as Line Officers. The relative rank between the officers of these two classes is to be as follows:

6.... Assistant Surgeons to rank with Masters.
7....Passed Assistant Surgeons to rank with Lieutenants.

8.... Surgeons to rank with Lieutenant Commanders for the first five years after promotion ; after the first five years, with Commanders ; and after fifteen years' date of Commission, to rank with Captains.

9.... Surgeon of the Fleet to rank with Captain. 10.... Assistant Paymasters to rank with Masters.

11....Paymasters to rank with Lieutenant Commanders for the first five years after promotion ; after the first five years, with Commanders; and after fifteen years' date of commission, to rank with Captains. 12....Fleet Paymaster to rank with Captain.

-Third Assistant Engineers to rank with Midshipmen. 14.... Second Assistant Engineers to rank with Ensigns. 15....First Assistant Engineers to rank with Masters. 16.... Chief Engineers to rank with Lieutenant Commanders for the

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Line and Staff Officers, with their relative Rank.

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first five years after promotion ; after the first five years, with Commanders ; and after fifteen years' date of commission, to rank with Captains. 17.-..Fleet Engineer to rank with the Captain.

- Assistant Naval Constructors to rank with Masters. 19....Naval Constructors of less than twelve years' standing to rank with Lieutenant Commanders ; of more than twelve years, with Commanders; and of more than twenty years, with Captains.

20.... Chaplains and Professors of Mathematics of more than twelve years' standing in their respective grades, to rank with Commanders.

Chaplains and Professors of Mathematics of less than twelve years, with Lieutenant Commanders.

21.... Secretaries with Lieutenants.
22... Clerks with Midshipmen.
23. Carpenters and Sailmakers with Gunners.

24....The Fleet Captain to be calleď the “Chief of the Staff," and to take precedence of the Staff Officers of every grade.

25. -Chiefs of Bureaus of the Staff Corps to rank with Commodores, and to take precedence of each other, according to their dates of commission as Surgeons, Paymasters, Naval Constructors, and Engineers, and not according to the date of appointment as Fleet Officer or Chief of Bureau.

26... Fleet Staff Oficers to take precedence of Executive Officers.

27....AU Executive Officers to have authority and precedence over all Staff Officers, (except Fleet Staff Officers,) next to the Commander, while on board the vessel, or at the station to which they are attached.

28....In processions on shore, on courts-martial, summary courts, courts of inquiry, boards of survey, and all other boards, Line and Staff Officers will take precedence according to relative rank.

29.... Temporary leaves of absence from station or ship, and reports of return, will be obtained from and made to the Commander or Executive Officer, as the Staff Officer may be senior or junior in rank to the Executive Officer, the latter being notified in the former case.

30.... The state-rooms opening into the wardroom country will be occupied, on the starboard side, by all the Line Officers borne upon the books, according to rank, commencing with the forward room.

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