|USS Dale (DD-4)|
|Builder:||William R. Trigg Company|
|Launched:||24 July 1900|
|Commissioned:||13 February 1903|
|Decommissioned:||9 July 1919|
|Fate:||Sold, 3 January 1920|
|Class & type:||Bainbridge-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||420 long tons (430 t)|
|Length:||250 ft (76 m)|
|Beam:||23 ft 7 in (7.19 m)|
|Draft:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 shaft reciprocating engines|
|Speed:||29 kn (54 km/h; 33 mph)|
|Complement:||73 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||2 × 3 in (76 mm)/50 cal guns, 2 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes|
Dale was launched on 24 July 1900 by William R. Trigg Company, Richmond, Virginia; sponsored by Miss M. H. Wilson; placed in reserve commission on 24 October 1902, Lieutenant Harry E. Yarnell in command; outfitted at Norfolk, Virginia; and commissioned in full on 13 February 1903, Lieutenant Hutch Cone in command.
Pre-World War I
Assigned to the North Atlantic Fleet, Dale cruised with the First Torpedo Flotilla on the Atlantic coast, taking part in a fleet search problem conducted off Maine, and passing before President Theodore Roosevelt in review off Oyster Bay, New York, on 17 August 1903.
The First Torpedo Flotilla - convoyed by Buffalo - cleared Norfolk on 12 December 1903 and sailed to the Asiatic Station by way of the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal. Arriving at Cavite, Philippine Islands, on 14 April 1904, Dale cruised in the islands and on the coast of China until placed out of commission in reserve at Cavite on 5 December 1905. Recommissioned on 10 July 1907, she remained on duty with the Asiatic Fleet, cruising to Japan and China, engaging in torpedo and battle practice and maneuvers with the flotilla, guarding and inspecting the target range at Cavite, and transporting mail and passengers.
World War I
After the United States entered World War I, Dale patrolled the entrance to Manila Bay from 30 June-1 August 1917, then sailed to join US Patrol Squadrons based on Gibraltar, arriving there on 20 October. She patrolled and escorted convoys in the eastern Mediterranean until the end of the war. Clearing Gibraltar on 8 December 1918, Dale arrived at Charleston, South Carolina on 12 January 1919, was decommissioned at Philadelphia on 9 July 1919, and sold on 3 January 1920.
- Haislip, Harvey, CAPT USN. (September 1977). "A Memory of Ships". United States Naval Institute Proceedings.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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