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Muster Rolls

Muster roll detail


SMV Muster Rolls 1748-51, August 1748 number 77., muster roll which mentions complexion of sailors on ship Peggy , Captain Fox.

Detail of muster roll for the ship, the Peggy, 1748.
Where the Peggy went to in Africa and how many slaves were bought and how many were sold in the Americas is not known. The muster roll detail shows 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.

Creator: Captain Fox

Date: 1748-51

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Object ID:1748, #77

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