CHAPTER 105

AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF FORT DUPONT FROM THE UNITED STATES AND AUTHORIZING THE GOVERNOR TO ACCEPT CONVEYANCES ON BEHALF OF THE STATE

AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE PURCHASE FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OF FORT DU PONT TOGETHER WITH THE IMPROVEMENTS THEREON ERECTED AND EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES PRESENTLY THEREON LOCATED AND USED IN CONNECTION THEREWITH AND TO AUTHORIZE THE GOVERNOR TO ACCEPT ON BEHALF OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE CONVEYANCES OF SAID PROPERTY UNDER AND SUBJECT TO CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS RELATING TO THE USE THEREOF AS WELL AS THE SUPERVISION AND CONTROL THEREOF AND FURTHER RATIFYING AND CONFIRMING ALL ACTION OF THE GOVERNOR HERETOFORE TAKEN IN RESPECT TO THE PREMISES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That the Governor be and hereby is authorized, directed and empowered to purchase on behalf of The State of Delaware from the United States of America all that certain lot, piece or parcel of land and premises known as Fort DuPont, situate and being in Red Lion Hundred, New Castle County and State of Delaware, more particularly bounded and described as follows, to-wit:

Beginning at a stake upon the shore of the Delaware River, at low-water mark, in the line separating lands conveyed to the United States by deeds of Clement Reeves and wife, dated September 12, 1871, and Isaac Reeves et al., dated December 8, 1904, from land of estate of Arthur Colburn, and running by said line South 48 degrees 51 minutes 12 seconds West, 1,920 feet, more or less, to a monument in said line, and still by said line 1,820.3 feet to a monument; thence North 46 degrees 43 minutes 48 seconds West 1,569.5 feet to a monument; thence South 51 degrees 42 minutes 45 seconds West 125.42 feet to a monument in middle of Port Penn Road; thence North 32 degrees 06 minutes 51 seconds West 265,62 feet to a monument in middle of Port Penn Road; thence North 38 degrees 58 minutes 54 seconds West 132 feet to a monument in middle of Port Penn Road; thence North 50 degrees 55 minutes 46 seconds East 39.59 feet to a monument; thence North 46 degrees 43 minutes 48 seconds West 194.35 feet to a monument in the easterly line of Port Penn Road; thence North 42 degrees 30 minutes 23 seconds West 240.1 feet, along easterly line of Port Penn Road, to a monument at corner of land of John Wilson and land conveyed to the United States by deed of Harry C. Clark and wife, dated July 24, 1899; thence North 37 degrees 36 minutes 49 seconds East 110,33 feet, by said land, to a monument; thence North 27 degrees 23 minutes 30 seconds West 329 feet, along land of John Wilson, Harry C. Clark, Estate of George Young, and Union A. M. E. Church, to a monument; thence South 44 degrees 01 minute 34 seconds West 105.5 feet to a monument in the easterly line of Port Penn Road; thence North 27 degrees 23 minutes 30 seconds West 299.4 feet, along easterly line of Port Penn Road, to a corner of ]and of Harry C. Clark; thence North 40 degrees 31 minutes 05 seconds East 161.04 feet, by said land, to a monument; thence North 49 degrees 42 minutes 30 seconds West 85.8 feet to a monument; thence South 38 degrees 14 minutes 51 seconds West 128.04 feet to a monument in intersection of easterly line of Port Penn Road with east line of East Canal Street; thence North 10 degrees 59 minutes 05 seconds East 1,741.75 feet, along east line of East Canal Street, to a monument at corner of land of Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Company; thence South 49 degrees 28 minutes 55 seconds East 95.16 feet, by said land, to a monument; thence North 40 degrees 31 minutes 05 seconds East 58.33 feet to an old monument at walnut tree; thence North 46 degrees 10 minutes 05 seconds East 1,330 feet to a monument on river bank, and 454 feet, more or less, still by said line to low-water mark of Delaware River; and thence along the low-water line of said river, to the point of beginning, containing 321.6 acres, more or less.

Together with all buildings, structures, utilities and improvements thereon and the equipment, supplies and other personal property located on or in any improvement erected thereon, excepting only the Chapel building which is reserved to the United States of America.

Section 2. The purchase of said property, buildings; structures, utilities, improvements, equipment, supplies and other personal property provided for in Section 1 hereof shall be purchased, held, used, supervised and controlled in accordance with the provisions of a certain contract entered into the fourteenth day of January, A. D. 1947 between the Governor of The State of Delaware and the United States of America acting by and through the Federal Works Agency which said contract remains of record in Executive Record No. 19-1945 Delaware in the Governor's Office and said contract and all the terms and conditions thereof are incorporated herein by reference thereto with the same force and effect as if fully set forth herein.

Section 3. The Governor is hereby authorized, directed and empowered to accept on behalf of The State of Delaware deeds or other instruments conveying and transferring the property described in Section 1 hereof to The State of Delaware in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contract identified under Section 2 hereof and each and every act of the Governor of The State of Delaware in accepting said conveyances and/or negotiating for the purchase of said property whether heretofore or hereafter performed is hereby approved, authorized, ratified and confirmed.

Approved March 28, 1947.