HMS Lydia from the 1951 film Captain Horatio Hornblower
|Length:||143 feet (44 m)|
|Armament:||GD: thirty-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.