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priation for public printing during the next two fiscal years, to com-
pletely print an edition of at least three thousand copies each of four
volumes (five hundred pages each), and to substantially bind two
thousand copies, as per an estimate to be obtained from the Superin-
tendent of State Printing, together with an additional amount of one
thousand dollars for wood cut or other illustrations, to be bound in
with the text.

I recommend that the sum of twenty thousand dollars be specially
appropriated for the publication of the maps.

And, finally, I recommend that a provision of law be made for the
sale of the reports and maps, at rates to produce at least twenty-five
per cent advance on the cost of their publication, advertisement, and
proper placing in the market.


In the first report, now so near completion, due acknowledgment
will be made to those to whom the State Engineer is indebted for
assistance. I cannot close this paper, however, without mention of
the loss which was suffered in May, 1884, by the death of Mr. Edward
Yorke, Assistant Engineer, who was drowned in the Santa Ana River
while in the discharge of his duty. The reconnoitring party was
crossing the river, which at the time was somewhat swollen, but not
very high. One of the horses — a hired team — balked in the center
of the stream, where the water was about a foot and a half deep, but
running rapidlj'. Mr. Yorke, with others, jumped out of the wagon
to wade ashore, was swept off his feet, rolled away, and drowned.


This gentleman was one who had every advantage of education and
wide and varied experience as an engineer, and had few equals in
his profession, at least on the Pacific Coast. He was a most honest,
worthy, and agreeable gentleman, and as principal assistant engineer
in this department, rendered public service which entitles him to
grateful remembrance and to as lasting acknowledgment as I can

Attention is asked to the accompanying statements of the Secre-
tary, from which it will be seen that on the first of January, 1885,
there remained in the fund the sum of 34,908 63 to meet the expenses
of the department work for the balance of the present fiscal year.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


State Engineer.


Amount and classification of Expenditures of the State Engineer's Department from, January 1,
1883, to July 1, 1883, on account of irrigation iywestigation.


Amount in the hands of the State Engineer January 1, 1883 $1,431 75

From sale of one buckboard 50 00

Balance in State Treasury 409 62

$1,891 37

Salaries and services $1,804 62

Forage 40 75

Office expenses 17 75

Traveling expenses 28 25

$1,891 37

Sacramento, January 5, 1885.
TFm. Ham. Hall, State Engineer :

Sir: I submit the above as a correct statement of amount and
classification of receipts and expenditures of the State Engineer
Department for the term above mentioned, on account of the irriga-
tion investigation.

A^ery respectfully,



Amount and classification of Expenditures in the State Enginea-'s Department from July \, 1883,

to Januai-y \, 1885.

Amount of appropriation for the thirty-fifth and thirty-sixth fiscal years S20,000 00

Expenditures for the thirty- fifth fiscal year — July 1, 1883, to July 1, 1884.

Salaries and services $7,572 6fi

Stationery ' 242 81

Maps 202 08

Copies of field notes and abstracts 33 00

Traveling expenses 1,227 75

Office expenses , 179 29

Expressage 99 80

Instruments and rejiairs 120 05

Forage and blacksmithing i 62 75

Expenditures for the thirty-sixth fiscal year — July 1, 1884, to January 1, 1885.

Salaries and services !$4,367 99

Stationerv 36 15

j\raps._.". 36 54

Traveling expenses 798 44

Ofiice expenses 69 26

Expressage 17 SO

Translating Italian law on irrigation 25 00

Balance in State Treasury 4,908 63

$20,000 00

Sacramento, January 5, 1885.
\Vm. Ham. Hall, State Engineer:

Sir : I submit the above as a correct statement of amount and
classification of expenditures of the State Engineer Department for
the term above mentioned, on account of irrigation investigation.
Very respectfully,






Commencmg July 1, 1882, and Ending June 30, 1884.





Hon. George Stoneman, Governor of the State of California :

Sir: Pursuant to Sections 2537 and 332 of the Political Code, the
Board of State Harbor Commissioners submit to you the following
report of the receipts and disbursements, and of other matters trans-
acted under their jurisdiction during the two years commenced July
1, 1882, and ended June 30, 1884:


Total current receipts $937,273 79


Disbursements from current receipts $468,827 18

Remitted to State Treasury from current receipts* 468,446 61

$937,273 79


Amount in fund July 1, 1882 _ $104,785 20

Amount remitted to June 30, 1884 „. 468,446 61

$573,231 81

Amount drawn out to June 30,1884 $352,175 50

Amount in fund July 1, 1884 . 221,056 31

$573,231 81


The following statement exhibits the sources from which the cur-
rent receipts, as distinguished from receipts from the San Francisco
Harbor Improvement Fund, have been derived:

*The amount stated is the amount which the books of this office represent as having been
remitted to the State Treasury; but as a matter of fact, $19,087 99 of that sum never was sent
to the state Treasury, but was embezzled by John S. Gray, the late Secretary of the Board.
And now the actual amount in the State Treasury to the credit of the San Francisco Harbor
Improvement Fund is $19,087 99 less than the sum stated in this report to be there; that is, the
actual amount in the treasury to the credit of that fund is $201,968 32, and not $221,056 31 as
stated in this report.


From dockage

From tolls :

From rents:

Merchants' Dry Dock

Oregon Improvement Company

Pacific Mail Steamship Company

United States Barge Office

Space for scales

Space for lumber

From sale of old material :

Old iron, etc.. Dredger No. 1

Old iron, etc., Dredger No. 2

Old lumber, etc.

Old Wharfinger's office

From dredging department :

Dredging leased docks

Hire of extra mud scow

Damage done by schooner to dredger

Damage done by schooner to tug

From miscellaneous sources :

Damages done to wharves by vessels

Collected from bondsmen of N. Boice, delinquent

Interest and costs on judgment. People vs. Caulkins

Forfeited by H. N. Tribou for failure to enter into contract.

$530,170 86
.3-46,163 44

$7,700 00
13,800 00
28,750 00

600 00
1.707 00

506 00

$64 95























53,063 00

986 85

5,755 OO

1,134 64

$937,273 79


Current disbursements, or perhaps, to speak with greater accuracy,
disbursements from current receipts, consist of those payments made
by the Secretary on the orders of the Board, out of moneys in his
hands which have never been remitted to the State Treasurj^ Sec-
tion 2528 of the Political Code provides that all moneys collected
shall be paid into the State Treasury, and be credited to the Harbor
Improvement Fund, " except so much thereof as may be necessary to
pay the salaries of officers, office rent, cost of office furniture, books,
stationery, lights, fuel, expense of dredging, cleaning the wharves and
bulkheads, legal and other incidental expenses, and, in addition, four
thousand (4,000) dollars per month for urgent repairs."

The expenses incurred for these specified purposes are paid by the
Secretary, when authorized by the Board, out of current receipts in
his possession. The residue of current receipts, after all such pay-
ments have been made, the Secretary transmits to the State Treas-
urer, to be placed to the credit of the Harbor Improvement Fund.
The disbursements for these purposes have been as follows :


Salaries of Commissioners $18,808 33

Salary of Secretary 4,666 67

Salary of Assistant Secretary 3,427 50

Salaries of Clerks in Secretary's office 2,836 41

Salary of Chief Engineer 6,000 00

Salary of Assistant Engineer 3,600 00

Salary of Draughtsman 3,565 00

Salarv of Chief Wharfinger 6,000 00

Salary of Assistant Chief Wharfinger 3,600 00

Salary of Attorney 4,800 00

Salarv of Superintendent of Dredging 4,800 00

Salaries of Wharfingers 60,689 73

Salaries of Collectors $66,410 14

Salaries of Watchmen 5,'^46 35

John Pettee, exporting books 1,000 00

L. E. Crane, experting books .' 335 45

W. H. T. Huie, making statements from Wharfingers' books 170 84

Rent of offices 4,284 00

Expense account (printing, stationery, fuel, expressage, boarding horses, petty

expenses, etc.) 8,205 57

Urgent repairs 75,721 35

Construction account 31,650 72

Seawall account 9,464 29

Cleaning wharves 15,669 65

Legal expenses 473 25

Wharf offices and furniture 4,298 50

Harbormasters' expense account (notices to remove vessels in the stream) 390 00

Overpaid dockage, returned 1,700 68

Overpaid tolls, returned 13 70

Overpaid rent, returned 193 10

Moving vessels ^ 188 40

Gas used at Washington Street Wharf 19 60

Gas and water for Fishermen's Wharf 19 87

Electric lights at Jackson and Washington Street Wharves 280 00

Coal oil for Jackson Street Wharf 5 25

Amount returned on account of sale of hay 80 00

Amount paid D. C. Abbott on account of salary 125 00

Fire account 8,750 00

Seawall lot No. 8 (supervisor of filling) 12 00

Dredging Account.

Wages of men — Dredger No. 1 14,702 00

Wages of men — tug Anasha 8,686 01

Repairs— Dredger No. 1 8,166 38

Repairs — tug Anasha 5,220 17

Repairs — scows. Dredger No. 1 2,693 19

Ship chandlery and water Dredger No. 1 1,887 82

Ship chandlery and water tug Anasha 1,436 18

Coal, Dredger No. 1 4,017 85

Coal, tug Anasha 3,628 50

Inspection papers, tug Anasha 50 00

Wagesof men. Dredger No. 2 15,350 00

Wages of men, tug Governor Irwin 8,680 00

Repairs, Dredger No. 2 7,970 80

Repairs, tug Governor Irwin 3,456 43

Repairs, scows, Dredger No. 2 4,909 24

Ship chandlery and water, Dredger No. 2 2,161 24

Ship chandlery and water, tug Governor Irwiu 1,942 79

Coal, Dredger'No. 2 4,301 25

Coal, tug Governor Irwin 6,984 05

Inspection papers, tug Governor Irwin 50 00

Ticket redemption 1,006 22

Suspense account 3,492 11

Profit and loss (damages to vessels and personal property) 128 60

Total disbursements j $468,827 18

Amount remitted State Treasurer 468,446 61

$937,273 79

This account does not embrace the construction of the seawall ; it
may be classed under three heads.

First — Work for which contracts were let prior to, but which was
not completed till subsequent to, July 1, 1882.

Second — Work which was contracted for after July 1, 1882, and
completed before July 1, 1884.

Third — Work which was contracted for but not completed before
July 1, 1884.


First — Mission Street AVharf, near foot of Mission Street. Contract
made January 17, 1882, for removing old wharf and building new
one for $27,749; subject to allowance or deduction, at the rate of S8
per pile for a greater or less number than 1,200 piles, pulled, in
removing old structure.

Paid on account prior to July 1, 1882 $15,000 00

Paid August 10, 1882 5,000 00

Paid October 19, 1882 ,_ 5,000 00

Paid November 9, 1882, for pulling 353 extra piles 2.824 00

Paid November 25, 1882, for pulling 171 extra piles 1J368 00

Paid January 5, 1883, for pulling 2(55 extra piles l,fi40 00

Paid January 5, 1883, balance on wharf 2,657 00

Fortv-six piles were changed, and, in consequence, a deduction of $2 on each was made ;
total, $92.

The Board made a contract with the San Francisco Pavement
Company to cover thirty feet in width, through the center of this
wharf, from its connection with East Street to its extreme outer end,
with a preparation of asphaltum and other ingredients, called " val
de Travers;" the covering to be one and one half inches in thickness,
except that on seventy-five feet of the extreme outer end of the
wharf, which was to be but three fourths of an inch in thickness;
and the company executed a bond to keep the covering in good con-
dition, at its own expense, for five years. For coating the wharf with
this preparation, and keeping it in repair, as per agreement, the com-
pany was to receive, per square foot of the coating one and one half
inches thick, twenty cents; per square foot of the coating three
fourths of an inch thick, ten cents.

There was paid for the work done $3,405.

It is perhaps too soon yet to pass a final judgment on the value of
this preparation as a protection to wharves from the wear caused by
the constant passage of heavily loaded trucks and other vehicles over

Second — Widening Spear Street Wharf; 50 feet by 690 feet in length.
Contract was made April 25, 1882, for $19,747.

Paid on account prior to July 1, 1882 $2,000 00

Paid July 13, 1882 6,000 00

Paid August 17, 1882 _. 11,861 30

Of the amount last paid, $114 30 was for work not included in the

Third — Reconstruction of Ferry Slips Nos. 1, 2, and 4. The con-
tract was made April 25, 1882, for $18,237.

Paid on account prior to July 1, 1882 $4,000 00

Paid October 4, 1882 5,000 00

Paid October 31, 1882 5,000 00

Paid November 29, 1882, balance on contract 4,237 00

Paid for extra work 872 94

There was also paid to Pearce & Beardsly, for coating the chocks
and ribbings, used in the spring lines of the slips, with a preparation
called " Pearce's Compound," $605 85. The proprietors of this prepa-
ration claimed that it would preserve the wood from the depredations
of the toredo and limnoria. It has, however, proved almost, if not
wholly, useless for such purpose.


First — Replanking a section of Main Street Pier, 400 feet long and
80 feet wide; also replanking a section of Bryant Street, 80 feet in
length and 75 feet in width, adjoining Main Street Pier. Contract
awarded to C. McGowan, August 8, 1882, at $23 60 per M feet for lum-
ber used.

Paid November 25, 1882, in full for 209,342 feet of lumber used... $4,940 47

Second — Construction of a shed on Spear Street Wharf, east of and
adjoining the then existing shed on the said wharf, 670 feet long and
50 feet wide. Contract awarded to J. C. Gibson, August 17, 1882, for

Paid October 20, 1882.. $600 00

Paid October 31, 1882 3,000 00

Paid November 29, 1882 3,390 00

Third — Widening Steuart Street Wharf on the east side, 11 feet by-
ISO feet in length, southerly from the south line of Harrison Street;
also the replanking of two sections of Steuart Street Wharf — one sec-
tion 138 feet long by 52 feet wide; the other, 89 feet long by 50 feet
wide ; also the constructioh of a pier, southerly from the south end
of Steuart Street Wharf, 212 feet in length by 100 feet in width. Con-
tract awarded August 22, 1882, to C. L. Crisman, for $17,374. Mr.
Crisman subsequently assigned his contract to John P. Sheldon, by
whom the work was done.

Paid November 9, 1882 _.. $17,066 00

154 old piles were used, on which a deduction of $2 each was made; total 308 00

Fourth — Construction of a shed on East Street, between the sheds of
the Central and South Pacific Coast Railroad Companies, 1172 feet in
length by 30 feet, in width.

Sealed proposals were received for the construction of the shed, and
opened on the nineteenth day of September, 1882, but all bids were
rejected, and an order adopted, "that the work be done by the carpen-
ter department of the Board."

The lowest bid was $1,295. The work was done under the super-
vision of the Chief Engineer, and he entered in his book of estimates,
that as the Board ordered the work to be done by the regular carpenter
force, he made no estimate of the cost, but that its actual cost was
$1,860 97.

Fifth — Construction of shed on Steuart Street Wharf and Pier,
south of Harrison Street, 385 feet long, 138 feet of which was 60 feet
wide, and 247 feet 90 feet wide. Contract was awarded to C. L. Cris-
man, October 26, 1882, for $6,526. Paid February 20, 1883, $6,526.

Sixth — Construction of a wharf on the easterly half of Steuart Street,
between Folsom and Harrison Streets ; also, of a wharf south of the
center line of Folsom Street, east of Steuart Street; reconstruction
of a portion of East Street Wharf, northerly from the center line of
Folsom Street; also, the construction of a pier projecting from the
intersection of East and Folsom Streets. The dimensions of these
several wharves and pier were as follows :

Steuart Street Wharf, 557 feet long, 74 feet wide.

Folsom Street Wharf, 245 feet long, with an average width of 96

East Street Wharf, 330 feet long and 100 feet wide.

Folsom Street Pier, average length 413 feet; width, 100 feet.

The contract was awarded to McMullen & Finley, the ninth dav of
November, 1882, for $47,316.

Additional work, if required by the Chief Engineer, was to be done
at the following rates:

For furnishing, driving, and fastening additional piles, $18 per pile.

For furnishing, laying, and fastening additional lumber and timber,
$27 per 1,000 feet, board measure.

For relaying and fastening such of the old lumber and timber as
might be deemed fit, with the necessary iron work, $6 per 1,000 feet,
board measure.

Paid February 20, 1883 $5,000 00

Paid April 11, 1883 7,000 00

Paid May 9, 1883 8,947 87

Paid June 13, 1883 7,000 00

Paid July 20, 1883 10,000 00

Paid August 25, 1883 18,264 63

Total — $56,212 50

There was done under the provision in the contract for further
work, the following:

339 piles, at $18 per pile $6,102 00

98,288 feet new lumber, at $27 per M 2,653 77

23,456 feet old lumber relaid, at $6 per M 140 73

Total $8,896 50

In addition to the above sum paid to the contractor, there was
paid to Pearce & Beardsly, proprietors of "Pearce's Compound," $1,284.

In the case of this structure, it was applied not, as in the case of
the ferry slips, to secure protection from the toredo and limnoria,
but to preserve the timber from decay. The stringers on which the
ends of the floor planking rest, and also the ends of the floor plank-
ing, were coated with it. Although not an effectual antidote against
the attacks of sea worms, it will probably preserve the wood not
exposed to sea water, coated with it, by making it impervious to ordi-
nary rain water.

Seventh — Construction of a shed on Clay Street Wharf, 100 feet long
and 63 feet wide; also replanking two sections gf said Avharf — one
section containing 3,084 square feet, the other 1,680 square feet. Con-
tract was awarded to C. L. Crisman, November 9, 1882, for $2,283;
paid December 19, 1882, $2,304. In the above sum is included pay
for furnishing and laying 700 feet of lumber, at $30 per thousand
feet, extra work, $21.

Eighth — Replanking a section of Channel Street Wharf, between
Fourth and Fifth Streets, about 400 feet long and 30 feet wide. Con-
tract was awarded to H. N. Tribou, December 19, 1882, at the follow-
ing rates: $11 25 per pile; $21 25 per 1,000 feet of lumber; paid
January 19, 1883, $1,586 98. There was replanked 406 feet of wharf;
68,858 feet of lumber at $21 25, $1,463 23; 11 piles at $11 25 per pile,
$123 75.

Ninth — Construction of shed on East Street, from the shed of the
Central Pacific Railroad Company, northward to the north line of the
North Pacific Coast Railroad Company's building, 221 2 feet long and
30 feet wide. The contract was awarded to Thomas H. Day, Januar3'
4, 1883, at 82,980; paid February 19, 1883, S2,980.

Tenth — Replanking an outer section of East Street Wharf, between
Washington and Jackson Streets, and north of the Berkeley Ferry
Slip; average length, 150 feet; width, 30 feet. Contract was awarded
to William Ross, January- 16, 1883, at the following rates: For furnish-
ing and driving piles, at $15 per pile; for furnishing and laying lum-
ber, at 121 per 1,000 feet; 21,397 feet lumber at $21 per thousand,
$449 34; 5 fender piles at $15 per pile, $75; paid Januarv 30, 1883,
$524 34.

Eleventh — Repairing and replanking an inside section of East Street
Wharf, from a point 55 feet south of the south line of Market Street,
and extending southerly 60 feet, in width 190 feet; thence continuing
southerly, with an average width of 40 feet (but not in regular sec-
tions), l,347i feet, to the line of the new work on the said street. The
contract was awarded to E. L. Derby, February 23, 3883, at the follow-
ing rates: For furnishing and laying plank 6x6 inches, $20 57 per
1,000 feet; for furnishing and placing stringers, $20 57 per 1,000 feet.

Work done— 4^5,6m ieet planking, $8,960 91; 60,408 feet stringers,
$1,242 59: 294 feet blocking, $6 05.

Extras: 1,283 feet rising boards, at $22 50 per M., $28 87; 155 lbs
spikes @ 5 cts. per lb, $7 75; 271 davs labor (raising and blocking),
@ $3 50 per day, $97 12. Paid July'l8, 1883, $10,343 29.

Tkvelfth — Construction of a suspended sewer under Washington
Street Pier, 3x5J feet, in interior section, and about 500 feet long.

The contract was awarded to C. L. Crisman, March 22, 1883, at
$5 94 per linear foot. Paid September 19, 1883, $4,351 51; also
$516 50. $4,351 51 was the contract price for the work done, and the
$516 50 paid in addition, was allowed on account of an order by the
Board which compelled the contractor to do most of the work in the
night time, at a greatly increased cost for labor.

In addition to amounts paid the contractor as above, there was paid
to Pearce & Beard sly for coating the lumber of the sewer with
"Pearce's Compound," $1,667 58.

This was done on the assumption that the "compound" would pro-
tect the wood from the depredations of the seaworms, an assump-
tion clearly not well founded, as has already been demonstrated by
actual experiment in the case of the chocks in the ferry slips.

In the case of the ferry slips, the "compound" was used before the
present Commissioners came into office; and in the other instances
in which it has been used, the contracts for its use were made before
that event.

But by this statement the present Board do not wish to be under-
stood as censuring 'their predecessors for testing the efficacy of the
"compound" as a preventive of the destruction of wooden structures
by marine worms. Hardly any discovery would prove a greater
boon than one that could be cheaply applied, which would preserve
wood in sea water from the attacks of the toredo and limnoria.

TJiirteenth — Construction of a pier projecting from East Street,
between Howard No. 2 and Folsom Street Piers; average length,
452 feet; width, 80 feet. Contract was awarded to David Finley,
August 23, 1883, at $19,700.


Paid December 5, 1883, to Moore & Smith, assignees of Finley $6,178 20

Paid January 9, 1884 ._. 13,521 80

Fourteenth — Construction of an ironstone jyipe sewer, 162 feet in
length, through Section 4 of the seawall and thoroughfare, at the foot
of Greenwich Street. Contract was awarded to J. J. O'Connor, October
2, 1883, at $995. Paid, November 3, 1883, $995.

Fifteenth — Construction of a pier — average length, 529 feet, and
width, 80 feet — projecting from East Street, near the foot of Howard
Street; and the removal of Old Howard Street Wharf; and pulling
up old piles, outside the lines of the new structure, to a depth of 26
feet. Contract was awarded to B. McMahon, November 15, 1883, at

Paid April 9, 1884 $9,984 00

Paid June 6, 1884 10,705 00

The Engineer of the Board, in his report on the completion of this
wharf, says:

The most exposed portions of this wharf are protected from rot by a coating of pitch, made
from cnal tar. This has been very thoroughly applied to the tops of all caps, double stringers,
joints in flooring, bolt holes and heads, and the cracks over mooring stringers, etc.

This will, in a measure, prevent the rapid decay of these exposed parts.

This work cost, for material and labor, $285.

Altering spring line of Ferry Slip No. 2. Contract was awarded
to W. L. Richardson, April 3,' 1884, at $2,875. Paid, May 7, 1884,



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