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USRC Albert Gallatin

Call sign:
Nan - Romeo - Zulu - Delta

Revenue Cutter:

  • The fourth Gallatin was built in 1871 by David Bell Co., Buffalo, New York
  • Commissioned USRC Albert Gallatin in 1874
  • Sank 6 January 1892 off Cape Ann, MA.


  • Displacement 250 t.
    1880 - 212 t.
  • Length 137'
  • Beam 23' 6"
  • Draft 9' 4"
  • Complement 40
  • Armament: One 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: Topsail Schooner, One Horizontal, direct-acting steam engine with a Fowler steering propeller
    1874 - Steering propeller removed.
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    Albert Gallatin 86k

    Abraham Alfonse Albert Gallatin, President Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of the Treasury, was born de Gallatin (January 29, 1761 August 12, 1849) was a Genevan-American politician, diplomat, ethnologist and linguist. He is known for being the founder of New York University and for serving in the Democratic-Republican Party at various federal elective and appointed positions across four decades. He represented Pennsylvania in the Senate and the House of Representatives before becoming the longest-tenured United States Secretary of the Treasury (May 14, 1801 - February 8, 1814) and serving as a high-ranking diplomat.

    Albert Gallatin 139k Photo from Historical Collections of the Great Lakes John Spivey

    Coast Guard History: The Gallatin was equipped with a Fowler steering propeller, which was a six- bladed screw with a separate engine for steering and reversing. This propeller proved to be uneconomical. Both the machinery and propeller were replaced in 1874. The cutter was assigned to Boston, Massachusetts, cruising from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Holmes Hole, Massachusetts.

    She sank off Cape Ann on January 6, 1892.

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