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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 29th Sept 1765 – 29th Sept 1766; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive. Muster roll no: 64.

Muster roll for the slave ship Marlborough, which sailed from Bristol to Anamoboe in West Africa, where about 290 enslaved Africans were purchased. One crew-member was enlisted in Africa while the ship was there. The ship then sailed to the Caribbean island of Jamaica, and eventually 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: 1764

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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