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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1788 – 1789; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 92.

Muster roll for the ship, the Pilgrim , sailing from Africa, Buenos Aires and Santande.
The Pilgrim sailed for Bonny in West Africa and bought 420 slaves. 350 slaves were sold at Montendeo, in South America. There was a big demand for slaves in South America, and a few Bristol ships helped to supply them.

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: 1787

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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