USS Albert Gallatin (1871)

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Revenue cutter Albert Gallatin
Revenue cutter Albert Gallatin
Career Revenue Cutter Service
Name: USS Albert Gallatin
Namesake: Albert Gallatin
Launched: 4 March 1871
Commissioned: 1874
Fate: Sunk, 6 January 1892
General characteristics
Type: Cutter
Displacement: 250 long tons (250 t)
Length: 137 ft (42 m)
Beam: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
Draft: 9 ft 3 in (2.82 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine with a Fowler steering propeller and Topsail
Complement: 40
Armament: 1 × 6 pdr (2.7 kg) gun

Albert Gallatin was a U.S. Revenue Cutter that grounded on Boo Hoo Ledge off Manchester, MA on 6 January 1892.


Named after President Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of the Treasury, the Albert Gallatin was built in Buffalo, New York in 1871 at a cost of $65,000. She was armed with a 2.6 pdr (1.2 kg), brass Whitworth carriage gun, mounted in a broadside and sported an iron hull and mahogany decks. The initial propulsion was a horizontal, direct-acting steam engine with a Fowler steering propeller which was removed in 1874.

Albert Gallatin was ported in Boston Harbor and patrolled from Portsmouth, NH to Holmes Hole, MA. Captain Gabrielson also skippered the Revenue Cutter Dexter when it came to the aid of City of Columbus which wrecked off Martha's Vineyard.

The shipwreck

In the morning of 6 January 1892, Capt. Gabrielson was attempting to make the safety of Gloucester Harbor during a snowstorm and became disoriented. The cutter hit Boo Hoo Ledge hard. While trying to free the ship of the ledge the ship flooded and the smokestack fell onto the ship, killing the ship's carpenter, Mr. J. Jacobson. The other 39 members of the crew were rescued. The current coordinates of Albert Gallatin are 42°33′50″N 70°44′52″W / 42.56389°N 70.74778°W / 42.56389; -70.74778, at a depth of around 50 ft (15 m).

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