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|HMS Lydia from the 1951 film Captain Horatio Hornblower|
HMS Lydia from the 1951 film Captain Horatio Hornblower
|Length:||143 feet (44 m)|
GD: twenty-six 18 lb guns;|
QD: eight 9 lb guns;
FC: two 12 lb guns.
The Lydia is described as a middle-sized Fifth-rate built at Woolwich in 1796 to the design of Sir William Rule at a cost of £19,070. Her commission under Hornblower began on March 12, 1807. She sailed first to Alexandria, Egypt, but then in 1808 was given secret orders for a very ambitious mission to Central America. There, the 36-gun Lydia fought and sank the much larger Spanish ship of 50 guns, the Natividad.
- C. S. Forester, Beat to Quarters, Pinnacle Books, Los Angeles 1978.
- C. Northcote Parkinson, The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower, Little, Brown & Company, Boston 1970.