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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from the September 1766 – September 1767. Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 119.

Muster roll for the ship, the Ann , from Bristol to the West Indies, South Carolina and back to Bristol, 1765.
The Ann delivered goods to, and purchased commodities from, both one or more islands in the Caribbean and mainland America. Sometimes a ship would try another place if it could not get a return cargo at the port where it was due to sell its cargo.

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: 1765

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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