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Muster roll

Muster roll


From ships’ muster roll book, September 1773 – September 1774; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 70.
Muster roll for the ship, The Prince of Wales, from Virginia, 1777.
This was the final leg of a slaving voyage. 400 slaves were advertised for sale in Virginia. The captain here added 2 columns to the usual ones on a muster roll, When dead and or Run away. 13 crew died.

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: 1777

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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