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Muster roll

Muster roll


From ledger of ships’ muster roll, 29th September 1793 – 29th September 1794; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll for the ship, the Ann, from Jamaica, 1793.
The direct trade to The Americas involved many small traders in Bristol who would ship a box of goods on one of the ships to sell in the Caribbean islands, or on the mainland.

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: 1793

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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