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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from the 29th September 1765 – 29th September 1766. Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 201.

Muster roll for the ship, the Cato.
The Cato , a large ship, carried 86 crew to look after the intended cargo of slaves. The ship spent at least 8 months on the African coast at Old Calabar, loading an unknown number of slaves. 40 of the crew died in Africa. Reports vary of 500, 530 or 398 slaves on board, with 398 sold at 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: 1763

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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