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Detail of muster roll

Detail of muster roll


Ships muster rolls from 1767 – 1768; Society of Merchant Venturers archive.
Muster roll no: 92.

Detail of muster roll for the ship, the Sally, 1767.
One of the new crew taken on in Jamaica for the return voyage to Bristol was Sam, a Negroa .

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: 1767

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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