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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 7.

Muster roll for the ship, the Success, from a voyage to Africa and Antigua, 1747.
The Success, a small ship of 80 tons, sailed for Africa with orders to buy 300 slaves. The actual number bought and sold is not known. Of the crew of 30, 11 died before the ship reached Antigua.

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: 1747

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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