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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1753 – 1754; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 118.

Muster roll for the ship the Warminster, sailing from Boston USA, Barbados in the Caribbean, Philadelphia USA, Barbados, Nevis, St Kitts, Jamaica (all in Caribbean), London and Bristol.
The Warminster was one of many ships supplying the colonies with manufactured goods. Most of the ships went to one, perhaps 2 places in the colonies. The Warminster managed six, including two trips to Barbados, plus returning home via London, presumably to deliver all or part of her return cargo there.

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: 1753 - 1754

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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