HMS Terror


HMS Terror was laid down at Topsam in Devon in September 1812 as a bomb vessel for Royal Navy, and was launched in June 1813. She saw action in the War of 1812, and was in the 1830 refitted as a polar expedition vessel. In 1836 she was assigned to the Back Expedition under Cpt George Back, and in 1840 the Ross Expedition. She was then refitted together with HMS Erebus, and they both sailed off on the Franklin Expedition in 1845, never to return to port again. The wreck was discovered in September 2014 on the south coast of King William Island. The wreck was found in a remarkable good condition despite her old age, on a depth of approximately 25 meter.

Former names:

102,0 x 27,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
325 displ ( std )
Devon ( UK ) 1813
( UK )

Painting: HMS Erebus & HMS Terror in New Zealand
Painting by James Wilson Carmichael, Public domain

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Last updated: December 2020