Gallatin, 1871

Jan. 18, 2021

Gallatin / Albert Gallatin, 1871

The 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

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.


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).