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Alert (#none) (1828-1862), a ship engaged in the hide and tallow trade off the California coast from 1840-1842 under the command of William Dane Phelps. She was 113 feet in length and was a full-rigged three masted merchant sailing vessel built in Boston by Master Carpenter Noah Brooks. Monday, September 28th, 1840, Captain Phelps recorded in his log:

“Stopped at the island of Santa Rosa and landed one of a gang of otter hunters from Santa Barbara with a lot of provisions for the party.”

In 1843, Alert was sold for whaling in the Pacific. She was captured by the Confederate steamer, Alabama, September 1862. September 9, 1862 she was burned.

» Alta California 1840-1842 The Journal and Observations of William Dane Phelps, Master of the Ship Alert. Arthur H. Clark Company, 1983.