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Topsail 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.

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