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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1749 – 1750; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 31.

Muster roll for the ship, the Greyhound, sailing from Africa and St Kitts, in the Caribbean, 1748.
The Greyhound sailed with orders to buy 400 slaves. The number actually bought in Africa and sold in St Kitts is not known. Eleven crew died, including three drowned on 2nd June and two drowned on 19th March.

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: 1748

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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