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John Rankine R.N.,

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 23 August 1814


John Rankine was appointed Surgeon in the Royal Navy on 23 August 1814.[1] He was appointed to the Madagascar in the Mediterranean 5 June 1833[2]


He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on two convict ship voyages to Australia:

Sarah & Elizabeth to NSW in 1837
Lord William Bentinck to VDL in 1838.


1). National Archives. Reference: ADM 101/66/7 Description: Medical and Surgical journal of the female convict ship Sarah and Elizabeth for 15 December 1836 to 3 May 1837 by John Rankine, Surgeon, during which time the said ship was employed in her passage from England to Port Jackson, New South Wales.

2). National Archives. Reference: ADM 101/45/4 Description: Medical journal of Lord William Bentinck, convict ship, for 16 March to 3 September 1838 by John Rankine, Surgeon and Superintendent, during which time the said ship was employed in a voyage from England to Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land. (Described at item level).


[1] Navy List  1814

[2]The Navy List 1834