June 17. 1943
H. R. 1563
Public Law 76]


Authorizing the acquisition and conversion or construction of certain auxiliary vessels for the United States Navy, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and Home of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States is hereby authorized to acquire and convert or to undertake the construction of one million tons of auxiliary vessels of such size, type, and design as he may consider best suited for the purposes of the prosecution of the war, such vessels to be in addition to those heretofore authorized.

Sec. 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law any vessel intended for operation by the United States Navy, the construction or acquisition and conversion of which was heretofore or is hereafter authorized for the Maritime Commission, the War Shipping Administration, or any other agency of the Government, shall be subject to the approval of the Navy Department in all matters of design and construction or conversion, and the control, custody, and sole right to possession of such vessel shall be transferred to the Navy Department upon the completion of such construction or conversion: Provided. That the authority contained in this section shall be limited to the tonnage authorization contained in section one hereof and to similar authorizations heretofore or hereafter enacted.

Sec. 3. There is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, such sums as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this Act.

Approved June 17, 1943.