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Articles of Agreement

Articles of Agreement


Ships’ muster rolls from 1794 – 1795; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 139.

Articles of agreement for the ship, the Wasp , 1794.

The Wasp left Bristol with 28 crew. The master bought a reported 206 slaves at Bonny or New Calabar, over 2 months. 25 died before the Wasp left Africa. Another 25 died during the crossing to Jamaica.

Articles of agreement set out the terms and conditions of a voyage. The Articles was a standard printed form, listing the food rations and financial arrangements the crew would receive.

The muster roll is a list of all crew signed on for all or part of a voyage, which was used to calculate the money each man should pay to the Sailors’ Hospital Fund (insurance).

Date: 1794

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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