Inevitably, those interested in the history of the Franklin Expedition have pondered what it was like to live on the cramped quarters of HMS Terror and Erebus. As part of my goal to reconstruct lower deck plans for HMS Terror, I created cross sections and profiles for the great cabin, the captain’s and officer’s berths, and the galley stove. However, I also created plans for other areas of the lower deck and I think these better reveal what it was like for the crew aboard Terror during those long three years from 1845 to 1848.
These plans use information contained in the original Admiralty draughts for HMS Terror and Erebus, with additional data gleaned from the plans for HMS Investigator. Further information was sourced from contemporary images of HMS Warrior, HMS Unicorn, and HMS Trincomalee, as well as several contemporary accommodation plans and models held at the National Maritime Museum.
For further orientation, please consult my plans of Terror’s lower deck.
|Hypothetical arrangement of chests with available mess tables on Terror's starboard side.|
|Precisely amidships, the warrant officers shared one cramped cabin. It had a very large chest of |
drawers against the aft wall.