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us congress

BEFORE THE

PECIAL JOINT COMMITTEE OF CONGRESS

ON PACIFIC COAST NAVAL BASES

SIXTY-SIXTH CONGRESS

THIRD .SESSION

RELATIVE TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NAVAL BASE

ON SAN FRANCISCO BAY

Printed for use of the Special Joint Committee

WASHINGTON
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

1920

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SPECIAL JOINT COMMITTEE.

Appointed pursuant to a provision in the naval appropriation act approved June 4, 1920.)

Members of the committee on the part of the Senate. Members of the committee on the part of the House

of Representatives. L. HEISLER BALL, Delaware.

FRED A. BRITTEN, Ilinois. HENRY W. KEYES, New Hampshire.

FREDERICK C. HICKS, New York. MILES POINDEXTER, Washington.

A. E. B. STEPHENS, Ohio. KEY PITTMAN, Nevada.

LEMUEL P. PADGETT, Tennessee. THOMAS J. WALSH, Montana.

DANIEL J. RIORDAN, New York.

W. M. COFFIN,
Clerk of the Committee on Naval Affairs, House of Representatires,

acting as secretary of Special Joint Committee.

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

NEIVEC
MAR 9-1921

DOCUMENTS DIVISION

CONTENTS.

HEARINGS,

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67,200

85, 89

Alameda site...

63, 200

John L. Davie, mayor of Oakland, remarks of.

63

Frank Otis, mayor of Alameda, remarks of, and discussion.

64, 66

Senator L. H. Ball, remarks of.

66

Joseph H. King, former president of Oakland Chamber of Commerce,

remarks of......

66

Joseph E. Caine, managing director Oakland Chamber of Commerce, re-

marks of, and discussion..
L. H. Newbert, statement of..

83

George E. Wilhelm, chief engineer, People's Water Co., discussion as to

water rates....

V. O. Lawrence, discussion as to freight rates.

87

Electric-current rates, schedule of..

84, 89

Freight-train service into Oakland industrial district..

71,89

Freight rates, rail and water.

87

Fuel and power....

73, 83, 89

Helm Commission, excerpts from report of.

81

McKean Board, excerpts from report of..

81

Water rates, discussion of...

85, 89

Water traffic....

72

Hunters Point site.

3

Richard J. Welch, supervisor city of San Francisco, spokesman for Hunters

Point site, remarks of..

James Rolph, jr., mayor of San Francisco, remarks of.

4, 209
M. M. O'Shaughnessy, chief engineer of San Francisco, remarks of.

6, 27
Detailed abalysis of advantage of Hunters Point site.

21
Water supply, discussion concerning..

17
John I. Nolan, Representative in Congress, remarks of..

12, 35, 204
John S. Dunnigan, clerk of board of supervisors, San Francisco, remarks of. 11, 13.
George C. Boardman, vice president chamber of commerce of San Fran-
cisco, remarks of...

28
P. R. Thompson, president Civic League of Improvement Clubs and Asso-
ciations of San Francisco, remarks and discussion.

30, 35
Transportation, freight rates, etc., statement as to, filed.

204
John A. O'Connell, secretary San Francisco Labor Council, remarks.

33
Capt. Clem Randall, navigator, remarks of....

36, 201
Daniel A. Ryan, attorney, board of State harbor commissioners, remarks of. 37
Helm Commission report, offered by Mayor Rolph...

39
Civic League of Improvement Clubs and Associations report of, giving
detailed statement of advantages of Hunters int vita

57

Mare Island and Carquinez Straits site.

91, 215

Charles F. Curry, Representative in Congress, statements of..... 92, 142, 160, 215-

Communications submitted by, from-

Capt. Edw. L. Beach, commandant, Mare Island Navy Yard.... 143,

163, 215

Capt. J. M. Ellicott, United States Navy, retired..

147, 149

Col. E. P. O'Hern, Ordnance Department, United States Army,

commanding arsenal, Benicia, Calif..

150

William J. Mitchell, Labor Council, Vallejo, Calif.

152

On-

Labor conditions at Mare Island.

152

Tidal currents at Hunters Point (news item)

153

Vallejo, Calif., housing, etc..

154

Mare Island and Carquinez Straits site-Continued.

Charles F. Curry-Continued.

Communications submitted by, from—Continued.

Page.

Brig. Gen. William Mitchell, Air Service, United States Army... 156

Capt. Dudley W. Knox, United States Navy.

215

Capt. Edw. L. Beach, commandant, Mare Island Navy Yard, statements

of..

92, 107, 143, 163, 215

Administration costs: Analyses and comparisons.

163, 164

Electric power costs...

109, 163

Commander L. M. Cox, public works officer, Mare Island Navy Yard,

statement of, and discussions.

116

Engineering problems and comparisons-

Alameda site...

116

Hunters Point site.

117

Carquinez Straits site.

118

Estimates of cost, tables of, and comparisons between Alameda, Hun-

ters Point, and Carquinez Straits (or Mare Island).

125, 128

Extent of deep anchorage available at Carquinez Straits.

132

Commander H. M. Gleason, ex-constructor, Mare Island Navy Yard,

statement of, and discussion.

133

Howard C. Holmes, consulting engineer, statement of, and discussion.

136

Comparisons of foundations for dry docks available at Alameda, Hun-

ters Point, and Carquinez Straits....

137, 138

Francis Betts Smith, consulting engineer, statement of, and discussion.. 142, 156

James Roney, mayor of city of Vallejo, Calif., statement of.

157

Capt. T. M. Potts, United States Navy, retired, statement of.

161

Martinez site.

188

Warren H. McBryde, speaking for chambers of commerce of Contra Costa

County and city of Martinez, statement of.

188

Brief submitted, setting forth various advantages of Martinez site. 189

Richmond, or San Pablo, site..

190

H. W. Wernse, secretary, Richmond Industrial Commission, remarks, of.. 190

Written statement of, detailing advantages of Richmond and San Pablo

Point sites.

195, 198

San Mateo site..

166

J. E. McCurdy, president, San Mateo Chamber of Commerce, remarks of.

166

Resolution of board of supervisors, San Mateo County.

166

Resolution of board of trustees, city of San Mateo.

166

Resolution of board of trustees, city of Burlingame.

167

J. J. Dwyer, representative of the San Mateo site.

168

A. M. Lasher, civil engineer, report of.

181

Arthur M. Free, Representative-elect, eighth district of California, remarks

of....

183

Discussion of tides, currents, and silting in San Francisco Bay, by Capt. Clem

Randall..

201

The location of the naval base, a general discussion by Admiral Hugh Rodman,
commander in chief, Pacific Fleet..

183

Appendix: Communication from Capt. Dudley W. Knox, United States Navy,

submitted by Mr. Curry..

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY NAVAL BASE SITES.

NOVEMBER 16, 1920.
SPECIAL JOINT COMMITTEE OF CONGRESS
ON PACIFIC COAST NAVAL BASES,

San Francisco, Calif.

SITE AT HUNTERS POINT.

A hearing before the Special Joint Committee of Congress on Pacific Coast Naval Bases was held at the chambers of the board of supervisors of the city and county of San Francisco, State of California, in the city hall, San Francisco, Calif., November 16, 1920, commencing at 10 o'clock a. m.

There were present the following members of the committee: Senators L. Heisler Ball, Henry W. Keyes, and Thomas J. Walsh; Representatives Fred A. Britten, Frederick C. Hicks, A. E. B. Stephens, L. P. Padgett, and Daniel J. Riordan; together with W. M. Coffin, secretary of the committee, and T. E. Peeney, secretary to Senator Ball.

There were also present Senator James D. Phelan and Representative John I. Nolan.

There were also present naval officers Rear Admiral C. W. Parks, Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks; Admiral R. E. Coontz, Chief of Naval Operations; Rear Admiral W. L. Capps, of the Navy Department; Lieut. Commander H. W. Hill, aid to Admiral Coontz; Rear Admiral Alexander S. Halstead, Lieut. Commander James M. Doyle, Commander L. M. Cox, Capt. W. L. Potts, and Lieut. C. L. Macrea.

There were also present, representative of the interests of San Francisco, the mayor, James Rolph, jr.; the city engineer, M. M. O'Shaughnessy; the city attorney, George Lull; supervisors Richard J. Welch, Edward I. Wolfe, Ralph McLeran, Joseph Lehaney, J. Emmet Hayden, James B. McSheehy, Charles A. Nelson, W. S. Scott, Charles A. Powers, together with J. S. Dunnigan, clerk of the board of supervisors, and P. H. McCarthy, president of the San Francisco Building Trades Council; John A. O'Connell, secretary of the San Francisco Labor Council; George C. Boardman, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco; B. M. Rastall, industrial engineer of the chamber of commerce; P. R. Thompson, of the San Francisco Bureau of San Francisco Organizations; Daniel A. Ryan, attorney for the California State Board of Harbor Commissioners; Howard Holmes, constructing engineer, and others.

The hearing was presided over by Senator Ball, chairman of the joint committee, Supervisor Welch acting as spokesman for those representative of the interests of San Francisco, and the following proceedings were had:

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