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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1786 – 1787; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 3.

Muster roll for the ship, the Juba , sailing from Africa, 1785.
It is not known where the Juba traded in Africa, nor how many enslaved Africans were bought there. The cargo of slaves was sold at Dominica. The whole voyage took just under 9 months, which was fast for a slaving voyage.

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: 1786

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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