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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1787 – 1788; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 35.

Muster roll for the ship, the Fame , sailing from Africa, 1786.
The Fame returned directly to Bristol from Africa, and was probably a wood vessel , buying tropical hardwoods for the shipbuilding and timber trades. 11 of the crew died, were drowned, or ran away. One joined another ship and one, Samuel Llewellin was left on the coast .

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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