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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 35.

Muster roll for the ship, the Molly, sailing for Africa and Jamaica, 1748.
The Molly sailed for the Gold Coast, West Africa, with orders to buy 300 slaves. The ship is known to have gone to Dixcove in West Africa, where the British had a trading fort. The number of slaves actually bought is not known, but 210 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: 1748

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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