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HMS Lydia
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The Happy Return
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Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.
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1807 1808
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"If I am not back aboard the Lydia within one hour, she'll train her guns upon your fort and reduce it to rubble."
"With you in it, Captain?"
"That is my order.
"
Horatio Hornblower and El Supremo[src]

HMS Lydia was Horatio Hornblower's first frigate command.

History

The Lydia was a middle-sized frigate 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 12th, 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.

Lydia supported a crew of 274 and was armed with twenty-six 18lb guns, eight 9lb guns, and two 12lb guns. She was 143 feet long and berthed 951 tons.

Crew

  • Horatio Hornblower, Captain
  • William Bush, First Lieutenant
  • Gerard, Second Lieutenant
  • Donald Galbraith, Third Lieutenant
  • Rayner, Fourth Lieutenant
  • Clay, Midshipman
  • Hooker, Midshipman
  • Samuel Simmonds, Lieutenant of the Marines
  • Bailey, Gunroom Steward
  • Benskin, Seaman
  • Brown, Captain's Coxswain
  • Chump the Negro, Seaman
  • James Clifton, Boatswain's Mate
  • Crystal, Master
  • Dawson, Seaman
  • Gray, Master's Mate
  • Hall, Ordinary Seaman
  • Hankey, Ship's Surgeon
  • Harrison, Boatswain
  • Harper, Ordinary Seaman
  • Hudson, Ordinary Seaman
  • Laurie, Acting Surgeon, Purser's Steward
  • Owen, Seaman
  • Polwheal, Captain's Steward

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