Alexander McDonald (1817-1848), Assistant Surgeon of HMS 'Terror' and member of Sir John Franklin's 1845 North-West Passage expedition
Alexander McDonald, naval surgeon and member of Franklin's North-West Passage expedition of 1845 . He graduated as licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 1838. In 1840 he served on an whaling vessel commanded by Captain William Penny and wrote an account of his experiences 'A Narrative of Some Passages in the History of Eenoolooapik, a young Eskimaux' Fraser & Co and J Hoff, Edinburgh). Between 2 Sept 1841 and 5 March 1845 he served as surgeon on board HMS 'Belvidera' in the Mediterranean. He was appointed Assistant Surgeon in HMS 'Terror' on Sir John Franklin's last expedition of 1845. The expedition was beset and they abandoned their ships in 1848; there were no survivors.
- Image reference: F8502
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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