USS Dale (DD-290)
|Builder:||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Squantum Victory Yard|
|Laid down:||28 July 1919|
|Launched:||19 November 1919|
|Commissioned:||16 February 1920|
|Decommissioned:||1 May 1930|
|Struck:||22 October 1930|
|Fate:||Sold 17 January 1931
Became commercial cargo ship Masaya
Sunk 28 March 1943
|Class & type:||Clemson-class destroyer|
|Length:||314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft 3 in (2.82 m)|
|Propulsion:||26,500 shp (20 MW);
|Speed:||35 knots (65 km/h)|
|Range:||4,900 nmi (9,100 km)
@ 15 kt
|Complement:||120 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||4 × 4" (102 mm), 2 × 3" (76 mm), 4 × 21" (533 mm) torpedo tubes|
Dale was launched 19 November 1919 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Squantum, Massachusetts; sponsored by Mrs. A. J. Peters; and commissioned 16 February 1920, Commander F. H. Roberts in command.
From 3 March to 3 April 1920 Dale patrolled New England waters aiding in the recalibration of radio compass stations in the 1st Naval District. Assigned to Destroyer Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, she operated with destroyer squadrons along the Atlantic coast, in the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Caribbean. Her activities included tactical exercises and battle practice; fleet maneuvers, war exercises, and fleet search problems; training naval reservists; and service from Norfolk in the calibration of radio compass stations in the 5th Naval District.
On 17 June 1924 Dale sailed from Newport under the command of future Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. to make courtesy visits to ports in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Scotland, England, France, Spain, and Portugal. Arriving at Gibraltar 21 September, she cruised in the Mediterranean until June, engaging in battle practice, intelligence work, and international goodwill calls. She departed Gibraltar 2 July 1925 for New York, arriving 16 July.
Dale operated with Destroyer Squadrons, Scouting Fleet, on the United States East Coast, in the Caribbean, and in the Panama Canal Zone until arrival at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 21 September 1929. She was decommissioned there on 1 May 1930 and sold on 17 January 1931.
In civilian use, Dale was converted to a fruit carrier and renamed MV Masaya. She acted as a United States Army freighter during World War II and was sunk by bombing on 28 March 1943 off the east coast off New Guinea.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- The Saga of S.S. Masaya. Don Fetterly.