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Muster roll

Muster roll


From ships’ muster roll book, September 1773 – September 1774; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 38.
Muster roll for the ship, The Minerva from Dominica, 1772.
The captain of The Minerva was Nicholas Pocock, the artist and sailor who drew pictures of ships featuring slave trading on the coast of Africa, shown elsewhere on this site. One of the crew, James Chilsom, is described as a negro .

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.

The language used to describe people of African descent in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries is unacceptable in today’s terms. We cannot avoid using this language in its original context. To change the words would impose 20th century attitudes on history.

Date: 1772

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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