Lydiette was designed by Arthur C Robb and built by Stebbings in 1949 for Lt.-Cdr. Anthony Spencer-Phillips OBE. She was similar to Mokoia, another Robb design built by Stebbings, but layed out differently below decks. According to the journals of the day Lydiette was a well known ocean racer and the Lloyd’s Register of Yachts of that time recorded her as being built to the 8 metre International Rating. Lt-Cdr Spencer-Phillips had been a British Naval Liaison Officer with the United States Forces during the invasion of the South of France.
In 1952 Lydiette changed hands and was bought by a Mr Hazzard of New York, with the intention of her taking part in the 1952 Rhode Island-Bermuda race. She was actually shipped in the same cradle used by Mokoia, another Arthur C Robb design from Stebbings, which had competed in the same race two years earlier (YM Jan 1952).
I’m not sure of the current whereabouts of Lydiette, although the Yachting Monthly piece from 1952 mentioned that Mr Hazzard might sail her back to his home country, Australia, at some future date. It is also possible that more information about her exists in the Lloyd’s Register of American Yachts.