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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1767 – 1768; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 120.

Muster roll for the ship, the Alexander , sailing from Africa and Grenada in the Caribbean, 1786.
The Alexander sailed for Africa, and is known to have called in at Bonny, West Africa. The number of slaves bought is not known. Reports suggest that 350 or 342 were sold at Grenada, including 50 boys and 53 girls.

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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