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Gallatin / Albert Gallatin, 1871


Gallatin was named for President Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin.  


Builder: David Bell, Buffalo, New York

Launched: 1871

Commissioned: 1874

Decommissioned: N/A

Disposition: Sank on 6 January 1892

Length: 137'

Draft: 9' 4"

Beam: 23' 6"

Displacement: 250 tons

Cost: $65,000

Rig: Topsail Schooner

Propulsion: Horizontal, direct-acting steam engine with a Fowler steering propeller (this was removed in 1874)

Maximum Speed: 

Complement: 40

Armament: One 6-pounder


Cutter History: 

Gallatin was built by David Bell in Buffalo, New York.  She was launched in 1871 but did not enter commissioned service until 1874.  She was equipped with a Fowler steering propeller, which was a six- bladed screw with a separate engine for steering and reversing.  The crew shipped for a trial trip on 4 October 1873 but "trial trip proved unsatisfactory" as the propeller proved to be a failure.  Both the machinery and propeller were replaced.

On 23 October 1874 she was ordered to her home port of Boston.  The cutter's cruising ground consisted of the waters off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Holmes Hole, Massachusetts.

She sank off Cape Ann on January 6, 1892.


Photo of Gallatin's portside, no date



Donald Canney.  U.S. Coast Guard and Revenue Cutters, 1790-1935.  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1995.

Stephen H. Evans.  The United States Coast Guard, 1790-1915: A Definitive History (With a Postscript: 1915-1950).  Annapolis: The United States Naval Institute, 1949.

U.S. Coast Guard.  Record of Movements: Vessels of the United States Coast Guard: 1790 - December 31, 1933.  Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1934; 1989 (reprint).


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