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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1767 – 1768; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 28.

Muster roll for the ship, the Sally , sailing from Africa and the West Indies, 1785.
The Sally sailed for Africa. The ship’s master may have traded at Bonny in West Africa, as it is known the ship called in there. It is not known how many slaves were bought, but 330 were sold at St Vincent.

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: 1785

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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