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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1767 – 1768; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 82.

Muster roll for the ship, the Royal Charlotte , sailing from Bristol to Africa, 1786.
The Royal Charlotte sailed for Africa. It is not known how many slaves were bought, but 420 were sold at St Vincent. The whole trip was completed in a very fast time of just over 8 months.

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: 1786

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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