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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1752 – 1753; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 184.

Muster roll for the ship, the Jeronomy, sailing from Africa and Antigua in the Caribbean, 1751.
The Jeronomy sailed for Guinea. The number of slaves bought and sold is not known. Duing the Middle Passage, some of the crew mutinied. They were tried for piracy in Antigua and two, Francis Pye and Richard Paddy, were hanged.

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: 1751

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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