Erebus and Terror were original built as bomb vessels; ships built to fire mortars at land targets, indeed Terror had taken part in the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Star Spangled banner and all. To withstand the recoil of the mortar, bomb vessels had specially strengthened hulls, which in turn made them first choice for Polar Exploration:
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Subject: Re: Erebus or Terror? Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:05 pm
Subject: Re: Erebus or Terror? Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:34 pm
The ship, according to the images being released, drowned gracefully and with dignity. Such was a fate denied to its crew, felled in the weeks and months that followed their abandonment of the ship by scurvy, lead poisoning and exposure, resorting even to cannibalism in their desperate but doomed attempt at survival.
Sir John Franklin, Captain, Commanding the Expedition James Fitzjames, Commander Graham Gore, Lieutenant H.T.D. Le Vesconte, Lieutenant James Walter Fairholme, Lieutenant Robert Orme Sergeant, Mate Charles Frederick Des Voeux, Mate Edward Couch, Mate Henry Foster Collins, Second Master James Reid, Ice Master Stephen Samuel Stanley, Surgeon Harry D.S. Goodsir, Assistant Surgeon Charles Hamilton Osmer, Purser
John Gregory, Engineer Thomas Terry, Boatswain John Weekes, Carpenter
John Murray, Sailmaker, age 43 William Smith, Blacksmith, age 28 Thomas Burt, Armorer, age 22 James W. Brown, Caulker, age 28 Francis Dunn, Caulker's Mate, age 25 Thomas Watson, Carpenter's Mate, age 40 Samuel Brown, Boatswain's Mate, age 27 Richard Wall, Ship's Cook, age 45 James Rigden, Captain's Coxwain, age 32 William Bell, Quartermaster, age 36 Daniel Arthur, Quartermaster, age 35 John Downing, Quartermaster Robert Sinclair, Captain of the Foretop, age 25 John Sullivan, Captain of the Maintop, age 28 Phillip Reddington, Captain of the Forecastle, age 28 Joseph Andrews, Captain of the Hold, age 35 Edmund Hoar, Captain's Steward, age 23 John Bridgens, Subordinate Officers' Steward, age 26 Richard Aylmore, Gunroom Steward, age 24 William Fowler, Purser's Steward, age 26 John Cowie, Stoker Thomas Plater, Stoker
George Thompson, age 27 John Hartnell, age 25 John Stickland, age24 Thomas Hartnell, age23 William Orren, age34 William Closson, age25 Charles Coombs, age28 John Morfin, age25 Charles Best, age23 Thomas McConvey, age24 Henry Lloyd, age26 Thomas Work, age41 Robert Ferrier, age29 Josephus Geater, age32 Thomas Tadman, age28 Abraham Seeley, age34 Francis Pocock, age24 Robert Johns, age24 William Mark, age24
David Bryant, Sergeant, age31 Alexander Pearson, Corporal, age30 Robert Hopcraft, Private, age38 William Pilkington, Private, age28 William Braine, Private, age31 Joseph Healey, Private, age29 William Reed, Private, age28
George Chambers, age18 David Young, age18
Icemaster James Reid from Aberdeen. His watch was recovered from Eskimos by John Rae in 1854 whose expedition set out but failed to locate the site of the tragedy.
Henry Thomas Dundas le Vesconte, pictured on board the Erebus. The waistcoat he is wearing in this image was also recovered by Rae.