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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1785 – 1786; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 122.

Muster roll for the ship, the Little Pearl from Grenada, 1785.
The Pearl and the Little Pearl both made slaving voyages this year, but seem to be working separately rather than as a team., as on previous voyages. The Little Pearl sailed for Old Calabar, West Africa, where 160 or 169 slaves were bought. It was reported that 100 or 102 slaves were sold at Grenada, in the Caribbean.

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: 1785

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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