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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1794 – 1795; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive. Muster roll no: 139.

Muster roll for the ship, the Wasp, 1794. The Wasp left Bristol with 28 crew. The master bought a reported 206 slaves at Bonny or New Calabar, over 2 months. 25 died before the Wasp left Africa. Another 25 died during the crossing to Jamaica.

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: 1794

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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