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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls, 1768 – 1772; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 27.
A hospital bill for the slave ship, the Cornwall, John Chilcott was the master. The ship sailed from Bristol to Dominica/St Kitts via Angola, West Africa. About 5 crew members are recorded here as having died during the voyage.

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: c1768 - 1772

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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