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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 29th Sept 1763 – 29th Sept 1764; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive. Muster roll no: 198.

Muster roll for the ship, St James, which sailed from Bristol to Cork (Ireland) and Jamaica and back to Bristol. The ship would have carried provisions and other goods from Bristol and taken them to the plantations on Barbados. They would have then taken produce from the plantations back to Bristol.

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).

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: 1763 - 1764

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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