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Articles of agreement

Articles of agreement


From ships’ muster roll book, 1793 – 1795; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive. Muster roll no: SMV 176.
Articles of Agreement for the ship, the Daniel .
The Daniel left Bristol for Old Calabar and shipped 146 or 142 slaves. 125 died during a bad voyage to Grenada, and the survivors were in a very poor state. They sold for very little. The Daniel then returned to Africa and bought another 211 slaves, and landed 171 in Jamaica for sale.

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).

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 Society of Merchant Venturers is a Bristol-based organisation, which was formed in 1552 as an elite body of merchants involved in overseas trade. The Society still exists today.

Date: 1791

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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