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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls, from 29th Sep 1772 – 29th Sep 1773; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive. Muster roll no: 176.

Muster roll for the slave ship, the Greyhound, which left Bristol in 1772 on it’s voyage to Calabar, West Africa where it collected 130 enslaved Africans. The ship then sailed to Barbados in the Caribbean and then on to South Carolina USA, where the slaves were sold. Eventually, the ship returned to Bristol.

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: 1772

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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