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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1753 – 1754; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 178.

Muster roll for the ship, the Black Prince, sailing from Bristol to Africa and America, 1752.
This is the third slaving voyage of the Blcak Prince. The ship sailed from Bonny in West Africa to Virginia, but the number of slaves bought and sold is not known. Alexander Macdonald, William Hodge and Edward Kennedy died whilst the ship was at Bonny. Thomas Russell ran away from the ship at Bonny.

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: 1752

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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