H M S Terrible


1845-79


'Here is also a model of HM steam frigate 'Terrible,' of 600 horse power

designed
by Oliver Lang of Woolwich; which vessel has proved herself to

be one of the most
efficient paddle-wheel war steamers of the day.'

HUNT'S HAND-BOOK TO THE OFFICIAL CATALOGUES: EXPLANATORY GUIDE TO THE NATURAL PRODUCTIONS AND

MANUFACTURES OF THE  GREAT EXHIBITION OF THE INDUSTRY OF ALL NATIONS 1851 



HMS Terrible was the largest paddle wheel steamer ever built for the Royal Navy.



H M S Terrible, 1845-1879

'With three masts and four funnels in two widely-spaced pairs, she had a unique appearance among ships of this type.'
                               Wikipedia article

The Civil engineer and architect's journal, Volume 8, 1845
 By William Laxton


LAUNCH OF THE TERRIBLE WAR STEAMER: - This magnificent war steam-
vessel, the largest ever built for the Royal Navy, was launched on
February 6 at Deptford. She was designed by Mr. Oliver Lang, master-
shipwright at Woolwich, and has been built on a principle introduced by
him, of such a valuable nature, that she would actually swim if launched
with her ribs only put together they are so accurately fitted and well
joined to each other. The Royal Albert, of 120 guns, building at Woolwich,
is put together on the same principle, and now has assumed a most
magnificent form, being at present nearly all framed, and well worthy of
being visited. She is 700 tons larger in dimensions of tonnage than the
Trafalgar.


 
A Short History of Naval and Marine Engineering,

E. C. Smith, 1937


page 56

The finest set of Siamese engines were those of H.M.S.

Terrible
, the steam frigate constructed in 1845. The engines

of the Terrible had four cylinders, 72 in. diameter and 8-ft.

stroke. Steam at 15 lb. per square inch was supplied from

tubular boilers, and the engines of 800 nominal horse-

power, at 16 revolutions per minute, developed 2059

indicated horse-power. To withstand the stresses due to so

powerful and engine, the Terrible, like the Great Western,

was built with her timbers close together forming a

watertight body before the external planking was added.

she was 226ft. between perpendiculars, 1847 tons by

measurement, and 3189 tons displacement, and had been

designed by
Oliver Lang, Master Shipwright, who had also

designed the Medea. Soon after commissioning, the Terrible

joined the flag of Admiral Sir William Parker, who wrote

from the Mediterranean: "The Terrible is a noble ship and

answers completely." With the Sampson, Retribution, Tiger,

Furious,
and three French steam vessels, Mogador, Vauban

and Descartes, the Terrible took part in the bombardment

of Odessa on April 22, 1854, and she successfully rode out

the great gale of November 14, 1854, which wrought great

havoc in the Black Sea Fleet.

In later years she was employed in the Atlantic cable-laying

operations, and helped to steer the floating dock to

Bermuda.


   
The Story of the Paddle Steamer
,

Bernard Dumpleton, 2002


page 175

The largest paddle frigate of that period was H.M.S.

Terrible
, one of the most powerful steam warships of

her time. Designed by
Oliver Lang, the Terrible was

226ft long with a beam of 42.5ft.


The hull was built to carry heavy armament and

machinery and so closely fitted was the framework that

the vessel was watertight before the fitting of the

external planking. Her engines were of 2,059 indicated

horsepower and were of the twin cyclinder type similar

to the 'Siamese' engine described in Chapter Nine.


The original armament of H.M.S. Terrible comprised

twenty guns; four 56-pounders, four 68-pounders on

each of her two decks, plus three 12-pounders and a

field gun. She played an active part in the Crimean War

when her firepower was used to good effect at the

seige of Sevastopol.



Floating-dock towed to Bermuda;
HMS Terrible apparently behind the dock, on the left.