Restoration, Reconstruction, and Exhibition of the Gunboat, "USS Cairo"

An Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide for the restoration, reconstruction, and exhibition of the gunboat "Cairo", and for other purposes. (86 Stat. 796)

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in order to preserve an object having national significance as part of the history of the Civil War, for the benefit and inspiration of the people of the United States, the Secretary of the Interior shall, in such manner as he deems advisable, utilize the authorities contained in the Act of August 21, 1935 (49 Stat. 666) to provide for the restoration and reconstruction on the gunboat "Cairo", formerly of the Union Navy, sunk in action in the Yazoo River, Mississippi, and for its exhibition at the Vicksburg National Military Park.

SEC. 2. At such time as the restoration and reconstruction of the "Cairo" shall have been completed, and it has been located within the boundaries of the Vicksburg National Military Park, the "Cairo" shall be administered in accordance with all laws, rules, and regulations applicable to such park.

SEC. 3. There are hereby authorized to be appropriated not more than $3,200,000 for the restoration of the "Cairo" and for the development of protective and interpretive facilities associated therewith.

Approved October 12, 1972.

Legislative History
House Report No. 92-1220 accompanying H.R. 6618 (Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs).
Senate Report No. 92-533 (Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs).
Congressional Record
Vol. 117 (1971): Dec. 6, considered and passed Senate.
Vol. 118 (1972):
Aug. 14, considered and passed House, amended, in lieu of H.R. 6618.
Oct. 3, Senate concurred in House amendment with an amendment.
Oct. 4, House concurred In Senate amendment.

Last updated: December 18, 2017

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