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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1753 – 1754; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 48.

Muster roll for the ship, the Indian Queen, 1752.
The Indian Queen sailed for Old Calabar in West Africa and traded there for several months. 17 of the 41 crew died either at the coast or during the Middle Passage. 275 slaves were sold at Jamaica.

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: 1752

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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