Washington, August 3, 1877.
[Special Shore Service/On Shore Duty, On Sea Service/On Sea Duty]
Vessels in commission, lying in port, held in reserve for sea service and reduced in complement, will be considered by the Department as on special shore service, and the officers attached thereto, "on shore duty."
Whenever the complement of such vessel is filled, she will be considered as on sea service, and her officers on sea duty, until the completion of the cruise, or the reduction of the complement, when she will again be considered as on special shore service, and her officers on shore duty.
Secretary of the Navy.