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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1767 – 1768; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 253.

Muster roll for the ship, the Cape Coast , 1765.
The Cape Coast sailed for Africa and St Kitts, in the Caribbean. She seems to have returned to Africa, perhaps for a cargo of timber to carry back to Bristol. The ship was, unusually, owned by a woman, Catherine Stroud.

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: 1767 - 1768

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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