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Muster roll

Muster roll

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Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 138.

Muster roll for the ship, the Levant, sailing from Bristol to Africa, Virgina USA and back to Bristol, 1748.
The Levant sailed for Africa with instructions to buy 450 slaves. The number actually bought is not known: only 252 were sold at Virginia.

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: 1748

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Muster roll

Muster roll

Description:

Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 127.

Muster roll for the ship, the Jamaica Packet, sailing from Africa and Jamaica, 1748.
The Jamaica Packet sailed for the Gold Coast in West Africa with instructions to buy 360 slaves. The number actually bought is not known, but 332 were sold at Jamaica.

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: 1748

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Muster roll

Muster roll

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Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 132.

Muster roll for the ship, the Southwell, sailing from Virginia, USA, 1748.
The Southwell sailed for Angola in West Africa with instructions to buy 500 slaves. The number actually bought is not known, but only 284 were sold in Virginia.

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: 1748

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Muster roll

Muster roll

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Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 104.

Muster roll for the ship the Iris, sailing from Africa and Jamaica, 1747.
The Iris sailed with instructions to buy 250 slaves. It is not known how many were bought, but 161 were sold at Jamaica.

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: 1747

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Muster roll

Muster roll

Description:

Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 109.

Muster roll for the ship, the Tryall, sailing for Africa to Virginia, USA, 1748.
The Tryall sailed from Angola in West Africa with orders to buy 400 slaves. The number actually bought is not known, but 356 slaves were sold at Virginia. The Tryall was a fairly small ship of 90 tons: under the Dolben Act of 1788, introduced to improve conditions of slaves, she could have carried only about 90. The Dolben Act limited the number of slaves carried according to the tonnage of the ship. Amongst the crew is one Lewis Mingo of Bristol. The name Mingo suggests that he was a free black sailor.

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: 1748

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Muster roll

Muster roll

Description:

Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 94.

Muster roll for the ship, the Amoretta, sailing from Africa and Virginia, 1748.
The Amoretta sailed for the Bight of Benin in Africa, with instructions to buy 260 slaves. The number actually bought is not known: 185 were sold at Virginia, USA.

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: 1748

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Muster roll

Muster roll

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Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 87.

Muster roll for the ship, the Alexander, sailing from Bristol to Africa and Jamaica and Bristol, 1748.
The Alexander sailed for the Gold Coast in West Africa with orders to buy 450 slaves. The number actually bought is not known, but 405 were sold at Jamaica. The cost of the voyage was reported as £8,500 for equipping the ship and buying trade goods (about £450,000 at today’s values).

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: 1748

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Muster roll

Muster roll

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Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 80.

Muster roll for the ship, the Lucia, sailing from Jamaica, 1749.
The Lucia was one of many merchant ships supplying the colonies. Like most merchant ships, the crew was discharged in Jamaica whilst the master waited to unload and sell the cargo he had brought and find and load a new cargo for the voyage home. On this voyage, Padstow, a black , from Bristol made the round journey of 9 1/2 months. Was he a free black sailor or did he belong to the captain? Taken on in Jamaica for the return journey to Bristol were five blacks and two blacks more.

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.

The language used to describe people of African descent in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries is unacceptable in today’s terms. We cannot avoid using this language in its original context. To change the words would impose 20th century attitudes on history.

Date: 1749

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Muster roll

Muster roll

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Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 86.

Muster roll for the ship, the Marlborough, sailing from St Christophers, on St Kitts in the Caribbean, 1749.
This was the 11th of 14 slaving voyages. Where the ship went in Africa, how many slaves were bought there and how many were sold at St Kitts is not known.

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: 1749

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Muster roll

Muster roll

Description:

Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 79.

Muster roll for the ship, the Emperor, sailing from Africa and St Kitts, in the Caribbean, 1748.
The Emperor sailed for Angola in West Africa with orders to buy 500 slaves. The number actually bought there and sold at St Kitts is not known.

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: 1749

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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