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200th anniversary Gallatin sinking observed

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The Coast Guard is marking the 200th anniversary of the sinking of a revenue cutter in Charleston Harbor.

It was 200 years ago Monday that an explosion ripped through the Gallatin, killing three crew members and wounding five. Historical documents say the cause was traced to the ship's powder magazine but just why it exploded is unclear.

A ceremony marking the loss of the cutter is being held Monday at the Waterfront Park in Charleston.

The Gallatin was built in 1807 and saw service during the War of 1812.

During the war it apprehended the British brig General Blake, sailing from London to Amelia Island, and brought it to Charleston. The British ship was flying Spanish colors and carried an illegal cargo that included slaves.

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