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Captain Back left England in HMS Terror in 1836 for an Arctic expedition of discovery to complete the line between Prince Regent's Inlet and Point Turnagain.
With HMS Erebus took part in the successful Antarctic expedition of 1839–43 under Sir James Clark Ross and Francis Crozier.
1845 Together with HMS Erebus, the Terror was lost on the ill-fated 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic.
c.1856 A later vessel bearing this name was the first British ship built using rolled armour plate.