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Lydia (ID 3524)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - King - Quack - Fox


  • The second Lydia was built in 1902 as SS Szell Kalman by Wigham Richardson and Co., Newcastle, England
  • Acquired by the Navy 23 October 1918
  • Commissioned Lydia (ID 3524), 26 October 1918 at Baltimore, MD
  • Decommissioned 15 May 1919 at Norfolk, VA, struck from the Navy Register and returned to the United States Shipping Board the same day
  • Sold in 1925 to Adria Societa Anonima di Nav Marittima of Fiume, Italy and renamed Manzoni
  • Sunk 5 July 1940 at Tobruk, Libya by Swordfish torpedo aircraft from HMS Eagle (Pennant 94).


  • Displacement 2,432 t.
  • Length 366'
  • Beam 48' 2"
  • Draft 22'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 1,500hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Lydia 70k Moored in the eastern waterfront (Riva Orientale) of the harbor at Fiume (now Rijeka, Croatia) before World War I
    Photo from
    Robert Hurst

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