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RITCHIE, David, revenue officer, born in England in 1836" died in Bay Shore, L. I., 3 March, 1874. He was appointed to the United States revenue service from the District of Columbia in 1862 as 3d lieutenant, and became 1st lieutenant in 1867, and captain in 1871. While in command of the revenue steamer "Moccasin," 30 August, 1872, he went to the rescue of the passengers and crew of the steamer "Metis," which was wrecked off Watch Hill, Rhode Island He and his crew picked up forty-two persons out of a rough and dangerous sea and recovered seventeen dead bodies. For this service Captain Ritchie and his command received the thanks of congress by joint resolution, 24 January, 1873.
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