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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: 241.

Muster roll for the ship, the Lucea’s crew on a voyage to Jamaica.
The round voyage from Bristol to Jamaica and back took 9 1/2 months. One of the crew drowned and eight deserted during the trip. Most of the crew were in their 20s and 30s, the oldest man on board being 47.

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: 1766

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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