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HMS Lydia from the 1951 film Captain Horatio Hornblower
HMS Lydia from the 1951 film Captain Horatio Hornblower
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Launched: 1796
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 951
Length: 143 feet (44 m)
Propulsion: Sail
Complement: 274
Armament: GD: thirty-six 18 lb guns;
QD: eight 9 lb guns;
FC: two 12 lb guns.

HMS Lydia is a fictional ship from C. S. Forester’s novel The Happy Return. In the novel, Lydia is Horatio Hornblower’s first frigate command.

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.

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