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Map of St Christophers

Map of St Christophers

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Map of the Caribbean island of St Christophers, 1794. From Bryan Edwards, The History…of the British Colonies in the West Indies, Volume 1, Second Edition,1793

Date: 1794

Copyright: Copyright Bristol University

Crewmember who broke his thigh bone

Crewmember who broke his thigh bone

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Charles Mandivel, seaman onboard the ship Warner. He broke his thigh bone falling on a barrel (or hogshead ) of sugar.

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 - 1769

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Crewmember who lost his sight

Crewmember who lost his sight

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Mention of seaman Craddock, who was on board the ship, the Peggy from Bristol to West Africa and the Caribbean.Craddock lost his sight due to Distemper, which was raging amongst the slaves

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 - 1769

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Widow of carpenter on slave ship

Widow of carpenter on slave ship

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Mention of Elizabeth Lackworthy, widow of Harry Lackworthy, carpenter on board slave ship Hope from Bristol.

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 - 1769

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Jane Cuzzins, widow of William Cuzzins

Jane Cuzzins, widow of William Cuzzins

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Entry in the Minute Book of the Seaman’s Hospital Fund, re an update of the claim of Jane Cuzzins, dated Dec 2nd 1755. The note mentions that she did not appear at the meeting and the pension was stopped. It is assumed that she was the wife of seaman William Cuzzins, who was awarded a pension for loss of sight. William Cuzzins wrote to the Trustees in 1758, when the decision to stop his pension was upheld. The Fund was an insurance fund for sailors and their families.

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 - 1769

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Seaman injured on slave ship

Seaman injured on slave ship

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Mention of Stephen Blakesley, a seaman who sailed on board the slave ship, the Matilda , in her voyage from Bristol to West Africa and South Carolina. He was injured in a slave uprising.

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 - 1769

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Widow - husband killed on slave ship

Widow whose husband was killed on slave ship

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Mention in minute book of Ann Hancock (and her child) recently widowed by her husband who was killed whilst onboard the slave ship the Juba, from Bristol. The incident occured during a slave uprising. The widow is petitioning for money from the Society of Merchant Venturers.

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 - 1769

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Crewmember who lost his sight

Crew member who lost his sight

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Page from the Minutes of the Trustees for the Seamen’s Hospital for 6 February 1750. The first petitioner for help was William Cuzzins, who lost his sight on board a Bristol ship. He was awarded a pension of 3/6d per week.

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 - 1769

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Crewmember who lost his sight

Crew member who lost his sight

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Mention in minute book of Merchant Seamens’ Hospital Orders , 1747-1769, of Robert Barker (carpenter on the Thetis ), who lost his sight on board a Bristol slaving ship.

Barker was awarded a pension of 3/6d a week.

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 - 1769

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Queries and answers regarding seamen

Queries and answers regarding seamen

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Queries and answers from muster rolls regarding seamen engaged in African trade, 1788. Read at Committee 17th Nov 1788 and agreed to.

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: 17th Nov 1788

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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