and Geodetic Survey Ship LYDONIA on the pier at Antigua.
Reflections on the pier at Antigua after a rain. In service
length 180.5 feet, beam 26 feet, draft 11.5 feet. Built in 1911 by
Pusey and Jones, Wilmington, Delaware. Acquired from Navy on August
7, 1919. This vessel worked primarily in the Atlantic but saw Pacific
service early in its Coast Survey career. In service 1919-1947. The
LYDONIA was acquired by the Navy from William A. Lydon in 1917; thus,
the name LYDONIA commemorated the Lydon family. During its naval service
it served as an escort vessel for merchant vessels plying between
Bizerte and Gibraltar. The ship in concert with the British destroyer
BASILISK was credited with the kill of one submarine, UB-70, during
World War I.