For the purpose of aiding in the construction of the proposed inland waterway by the
United States from Beaufort Inlet in the State of North Carolina to the Cape Fear
River, the Secretary of State is hereby authorized to issue to the United States of
America a grant to the land located within said inland waterway, right-of-way, which
is to be 1,000 feet wide, insofar as such land is subject to grant by the State of
North Carolina, the said grant to issue upon a certificate furnished to the Secretary
of State by the Secretary of War, or by any authorized officer of the corps of engineers
of the United States Army, or by any other authorized official, exercising control
over the construction of the said waterway. Whenever in the construction of such inland waterway within this State, lands theretofore
submerged shall be raised above the water by the deposit of excavated material, the
land so formed shall become the property of the United States if within the limits
of said inland waterway, right-of-way, herein set out 1,000 feet, and the Secretary
of State is hereby authorized to issue to the United States a grant to the land so
formed within the limits above specified, the grant to issue upon a certificate furnished
to the Secretary of State by some authorized official of the United States, as above
provided. If said lands so required for the inland waterway right-of-way shall be marshlands,
the title to which has heretofore been vested in the State Board of Education, the
Governor of the State, as President thereof, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction
as Secretary, are hereby authorized and required to execute a proper conveyance to
the United States of America for said marshlands, free of cost, both to the State
and to the United States government, upon a certificate furnished, to said Board of
Education by the Secretary of War, or by any authorized officer of the corps of engineers
of the United States Army, or by any other authorized official exercising control
over the construction of the said inland waterway.
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