HMS Terrible (1895)

For other ships with the same name, see HMS Terrible.
HMS Terrible, two years after her launch, at Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Fleet Review in 1897
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Terrible
Builder: J.& G. Thomson, Clydebank
Laid down: 1894
Launched: 27 May 1895
Renamed: Fisgard III, August 1920
Reclassified: Training School, August 1920
Fate: Sold July 1932
General characteristics
Class and type: Powerful-class cruiser
Displacement: 14,200 tons deep load
Length: 500 ft (150 m)
Beam: 71 ft (22 m)
Draught: 27 ft (8.2 m)
  • 2 shafts
  • 4-cylinder VTE steam engines
  • 48 Bellville-type water-tube boilers
  • 25,000 hp
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h)
Range: 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h)
Endurance: 3000 tons coal
Complement: 894
  • 2–6 inches (51–152 mm) deck
  • 6 inches (150 mm) barbettes
  • 6 inches (150 mm) gun shields

HMS Terrible was a ship of the Powerful class of protected cruiser in the Royal Navy.

Terrible 1898 Trials[1]


Terrible was built by J.& G. Thomson on Clydebank and launched on 27 May 1895. She served with her sister ship, Powerful on the China Station and provided landing parties which fought in the relief of the Siege of Ladysmith in the Second Boer War. Crews from the two ships also took part in suppressing the Boxer Rebellion in China. In 1902 she spent several months at Hong Kong, providing relief and condensed water for the dockyard, amid an outbreak of cholera in the city leading to a water famine.[2] After 1904 they were laid up as an economy measure. During the First World War, they had most of their armament removed and served as troop transports and later accommodation ships.

After the end of the war, Terrible was renamed Fisgard III in August 1920 and converted to a training ship. After twelve years of this, she was sold on July 1932 for breaking up.

December 1898 sea trip, Portsmouth to Gibraltar, 12,500 ihp (9,300 kW) = 18 knots (33 km/h) average. Gibraltar to Malta, average 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h). [1]


  1. 1 2 Janes Fighting Ships 1900, p108
  2. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36815). London. 9 July 1902. p. 5.


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