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Muster rolls

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 Fanny.
The Fanny sailed for Sierra Leone, and shipped 232 slaves to Barbados and Jamaica. It seems that only two died on the voyage; a very low number, especially for voyages organised by James Rogers.

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: 1792

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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