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HMS "Terrible" (1894-1928), and sister ship HMS "Powerful", at 14,200 tons, were the largest Cruisers in the world upon commissioning. HMS Terrible was built by the Thompson, at Clydebank and laid down in 1894, and launched on the 27th May 1895. HMS Terrible along with her sister ship HMS Powerful were built to compete against the New Russian Cruisers Rurik and Rossiya, these ships were the largest and longest warships built at the time. HMS terrible and her sister ship HMS Powerful were very expensive to build, costing twice that of the Edger class built two or three years earlier. HMS Terrible started service in the China Station and in 1899, at the start of the Boer War, she landed the Naval Brigades at Durban. Captain Scott of "Terrible" fashioned the famous gun carriage which enabled the ships' 4.7" guns to be transported overland to Ladysmith, and which were crucial in relieving the Boer siege on the British Garrison. She went into refit in 1902 until 1904 when she went into the reserve fleet. used for troop ship in 1915 and was disarmed in 1915, from 1915 she was used as a accommodation ship and for harbour service in January 1918, in the late 1920's she was renamed TS Fishgard III before being sold for scrapping July 1932.

The photograph on the left is from an old postcard entitled HMS "TERRIBLE" Living Letters.The message "GOD SAVE THE KING" is made up by sailors positioned on scramble nets hanging on the ship's hull and was part of the celebrations for the Coronation of King Edward VII in August 1902.

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