Naval officer; born near Norfolk, Va.
, Nov. 6, 1756; went to sea at twelve years of age, and at nineteen commanded a merchant vessel.
He was first a lieutenant in the Virginia
navy, and entered the Continental
navy, as midshipman, in 1776.
He was captured in 1777, and confined in Mill Prison, England
, from which he escaped, but was recaptured in London
and taken back.
The next year, he escaped, reached France
, joined Paul Jones
, and soon became lieutenant of the Bon Homme Richard
, receiving a wound in the famous battle with the Serapis
He continued to do good service
to the end of the war, and in 1794 was made captain.
He commanded the squadron ordered to the Mediterranean in 1801, and in April, 1802, returning home, he resigned his commission.
He spent the latter years of his life in ease in Philadelphia
, where he died, Feb. 24, 1826.
The remains of Commodore Dale
were buried in Christ Church-yard, Philadelphia
, and over the grave is a white marble slab with a long inscription.