HMS Terror saw war
service in the 1st Battle of Copenhagen in 1801 and
War of 1812 against the United States.
She was 102
feet long, 27 feet wide and armed with two long
six-pounders, eight twenty-four pounders, and two
mortars, a 10 inch and a 13 inch. She could fire a
round from each mortar every five minutes.
Like highly specialized warships, the Terror was
expensive to fit out and maintain. Fortunately,
because of her extremely strong hull to withstand
the recoil of the mortars, she was converted in time
of peace to explore the Antarctic region, where pack
ice and iceberg were a constant menace.
Her Antarctica expedition spanned three seasons from 1840 to
1843. The volcano
Mount Terror on Ross Island in Antarctica was named
after the ship, instead of vice-versa.
1845, explorer Sir John Franklin set sail from
England with two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror,
in search of a Northwest Passage across what is now
Canada's Arctic. The ships and crews vanished,
prompting a massive search that continues to this
day. In September 2014, an expedition led by
Parks Canada discovered the wreck of HMS Erebus. The
search for HMS Terror still continues.
The 2008 novel Arctic Drift uses the Terror and the
Erebus as part of the plot as well as the
establishing backstory. The two ships are also
featured in the Doctor Who Audio Drama story Terror
of the Arctic. They are so mentioned by Captain Nemo
in 20000 Leagues Under the Sea on background to
establish the difficulty of attaining the South
Pole. HMS Terror features heavily in Dan Simmons's 2007
novel The Terror.
HMS Terror model features:
Superior hollow hull
- 95% of
parts are wooden or metal
- Beautiful lighting is included
36" long x 33" tall x 12" wide
S & H is $150
The HMS Terror has arrived safely in perfect condition. thank you
Could you let me know the origin of the name "TERROR" on the stern?
She has pride of place in my office.
Here she is! Beautiful. THANK YOU.
Kind regards and thanks again,
Senator Chris Back [Australia]"