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Detail of muster roll

Detail of muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1785 – 1786; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 78.

Detail of the muster roll of the ship, the Alexander , sailing from Africa and Grenada, 1785.
The surgeon on board the ship was Alexander Falconbridge. He had last served on another slaving ship, the Emilia . In 1788 he gave evidence to a Parliamentary committee investigating the slave trade.

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: 1785

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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