schooner, length 77 feet, beam 19 feet, draft 9.8 feet. Built at the
New York Navy Yard in 1830-31. Coast Survey service 1840-1848, 1849-1859.
Vessel captured early in the Civil War and converted to a privateer.
Vessel named for Albert Gallatin, Swiss born fourth Secretary of the
Treasury, served under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Albert
Gallatin served as Secretary for over 12 years, the longest serving
of all Treasury Secretaries and among the longest serving of all cabinet
secretaries. At President Jefferson’s request, Gallatin wrote
the circular letter asking for a plan to survey the coast of the United
States. It was this letter to which Ferdinand Hassler responded and
subsequently became the founder of the United States Coast Survey.