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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1784 – 1785; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 26.

Muster roll for the ship, the St Thomas, from St Christopher and Jamaica, 1783.
The colonies were encouraged to be dependent on British manufactured goods, to keep industry busy, and to provide raw materials for industry, such as sugar and tobacco.

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: 1783

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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