George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, K.B. (baptised 13 February 1718, died 24 May 1792) was Admiral commanding the Royal Navy fleet at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent off Cádiz, Spain in 1780 at which the Santa Barbara was captured. Hornblower thought of Rodney and the battle when he was sent by Sir Edward Pellew, commanding HMS Indefatigable, to HMS Santa Barbara to stand for his examination for Lieutenant.

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