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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from the 29th September 1765 – 29th September 1766. Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 172.

Muster roll for the ship, the Nightingale from Africa and St Christophers, 1765.
The Nightingale landed 320 slaves at Antigua for sale. Over half of the crew were discharged at St Kitts, and the ship returned to Bristol with only nine crew of the original 27.

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: 1765

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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