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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1786 – 1787; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 8.

Muster roll for the ship, the Hanover Planter , sailing from Jamaica, 1786.
The Hanover Planter was one of many merchant ships supplying the colonies with manufactured goods and foodstuffs. The ship was presumably named after the parish of Hanover in 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: 1786

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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