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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 77.

Muster roll for the ship, the Peggy, 1748.
Where the Pegg y went to in Africa and how many slaves were bought and how many were sold in the Americas is not known. The muster roll includes a column for complexion, but this seems to be referring to hair colour rather than skin colour, as the entire crew are noted as browne or blacke.

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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