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Gallatin

 

(Sch: t. 112 [150]; l. 73'4" bp; b. 20'6"; dph. 7'4"; cpl. 40; a. 2 12-pdr.; cl. Morris)

 

Gallatin was a foretopsail schooner, sister to Caleb Gushing (q.v.) and built at New York Navy Yard in 1831 as a revenue cutter. Originally on the Mobile station, she had been rushed to Charleston at the time of the South Carolina nullification incident, November 1832. In 1840, she went to the Coast Survey, back to the Revenue Marine in 1848 and to the Survey once more in 1849.

 

She was seized upon Georgia's secession, she and Hallie Jackson becoming, 18 April 1861, the first privateers commissioned under the law of 17 April. A letter of marque was issued to William Hone, acting for fellow-owners F. W. Simms, D. H. Baldwin, J. A. Courvoisie and William Stamch, all of Savannah. Gallatin's further activity is not recorded in official documents.