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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1751 – 1752; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 82.

Muster roll for the ship, the Jamaica Packet , sailing from Africa and Barbados in the Caribbean, 1751.
The Jamaica Packet delivered 260 slaves to Barbados. It is not known how many slaves were bought in Africa. A George Merrick was captain of the ship, the Africa in 1774. Perhaps this was the same George Merrick in charge of the Jamaica Packet .

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: 1751

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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