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Muster rolls and articles of agreement

Muster rolls


From ledger of ships’ muster roll, 29th September 1793 – 29th September 1794; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster rolls for the ship, the Hector .
The Hector left Bristol in 1792, bound for Bonny in West Africa, for slaves, ivory, etc .
The captain bought over 500 slaves for sale in St Vincent. Reports suggest that either 26 or 41 died on the voyage.

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).

Articles of agreement set out the terms and conditions of a voyage. The Articles was a standard printed form, listing the food rations and financial arrangements the crew would receive.

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: 1792

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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