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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: 78.

Muster roll for the ship, True Blue, sailing from Jamaica, 1749.
The True Blue was one of many merchant ships supplying the colonies with manufactured goods and foodstuffs. At the end of the list is Scipio, presumably an African, possibly a free black sailor. As he had sailed on the True Blue before, he may possibly have been the property of the captain, John Collinall.

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

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Muster roll

Muster roll

Description:

Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 77.

Muster roll for the ship, the Peggy, 1748.
Where the Pegg y went to in Africa and how many slaves were bought and how many were sold in the Americas is not known. The muster roll includes 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.

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: 75.

Detail of muster roll of the ship, the Handy, sailing from Dublin.
The crew list includes Isaac Truail, Colston’s Hospital boy. Isaac must have been from one of the charity schools established by Edward Colston, a Bristol-born merchant and benefactor, who had been a member of the Royal African Company.

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 - 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: 47.

Muster roll for the ship, the Jason, 1748.
The Jason, a large ship of 200 tons, sailed for Angola in West Africa, with a crew of 67 to look after the 600 slaves that were to be bought. The number actually bought in is not known: 340 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: 67.

Muster roll for the ship, the Koulikhan, sailing from Jamaica, 1749.
The Koulikhan was one of many merchant ships supplying the colonies with manufactured goods and foodstuffs. At the bottom of the list, Two Boys Under Age and One Negroe Boy have been crossed out, probably because as boys, they did not have to pay the insurance money.

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: 38.

Muster roll for the ship, the Planter, sailing for St Christopers in the Caribbean, 1748.
Where the Planter went in Africa, how many slaves were bought and how many sold at St Kitts, Caribbean, 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: 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: 35.

Muster roll for the ship, the Molly, sailing for Africa and Jamaica, 1748.
The Molly sailed for the Gold Coast, West Africa, with orders to buy 300 slaves. The ship is known to have gone to Dixcove in West Africa, where the British had a trading fort. The number of slaves actually bought is not known, but 210 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 1749 – 1750; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 14.

Muster roll for the ship, the Earl of Radnor, sailing from Africa and the West Indies, being her second voyage, 1748.
The number of enslaved Africans bought and sold on this voyage 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: 1748

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Muster roll

Muster roll

Description:

Ships’ muster rolls from 1749 – 1750; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 20.

Muster roll for the ship, the Culloden, sailing for Africa and St Christophers in the Caribbean, 1748.
The Culloden sailed for the Bight of Benin, in West Africa, with others, to buy 830 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: 1748

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Muster roll

Muster roll

Description:

Ships’ muster rolls from 1749 – 1750; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 7.

Muster roll for the ship, the Susanna, 1748.
The Susanna sailed for Africa with orders to buy 550 slaves. The number actually bought is not known, but 470 were sold at Jamaica. Ninth on the list of crew is a man named Congo Bristol, of Bristol. The name suggests he was African and perhaps 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

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