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Dale, Richardlocked

(06 November 1756–26 February 1826)
  • John C. Fredriksen

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Dale, Richard (06 November 1756–26 February 1826), naval officer, was born in Norfolk County, Virginia, the son of Winfield Dale and Ann Sutherland. His father had been a noted shipwright of the Portsmouth region, and in 1768 Dale, aged twelve years, joined the merchant marine. By 1775 he was rated as chief mate and commanded several vessels engaged in the West India trade. The following year Dale served as a lieutenant in the Virginia state navy until his capture by the British. During confinement at Norfolk, friends persuaded him to abandon the American cause, and he signed on as mate aboard a Loyalist tender. Dale received a severe wound fighting in this capacity, but he remained loyal to the British until captured by the American brig ...

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