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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1753 – 1754; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 234.

Muster roll for the ship, the Matilda, sailing from Africa and South Carilona, USA, 1753.
The Matilda sailed for Benin, in Africa. The number of slaves bought is not known, but about 150 were sold at South Carolina.

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

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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