Joseph Dale was born March 8, 1867, in Toronto, Canada, the son of Joseph and Eliza (Barrett) Dale, the former of whom died in 1867, having spent his life in the English army; the mother is still living in Toronto. Mr. Dale lived fourteen years at his native place, and then removed to Cleveland, where he has since made his residence. He began marine life when he was eighteen years old, shipping on the Bessemer as fireman, in which capacity he served one season and then entered the employ of the Globe Iron Works, where he was engaged in putting the engines and boilers in the Yakima and Cambria. When the Cambria was completed he was given the place of second engineer on her, which he held two years, and the following season he acted as second engineer on the Corona, transferring from that boat to the Frontenac, where he remained four years. He spent the season of 1895 upon the Griffin and the following spring went on the R. J. Hackett, remaining until October, when he laid up that boat; he finished the season on the Pontiac as second engineer. Mr. Dale is a single man.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.