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HMS TERROR


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. 

In 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
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This

HMS Terror model  features:

- Scratch-built
- Superior hollow hull
- 95% of parts are wooden or metal 
- Beautiful lighting is included

36" long x 33" tall x 12" wide    $2,900   S & H is $150 

  

"Gentlemen,

The HMS Terror has arrived safely in perfect condition. thank you enormously! 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]"