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Muster roll

Muster roll

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From ships’ muster roll book, 29th September 1772 – 29th September 1773; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive. Muster roll no: SMV 36.
Muster roll for the ship, the Windsor , for a voyage from Jamaica, 1772.
All but one of the crew were from Bristol. The youngest was about 10 years old.

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

Part of muster roll

Part of muster roll

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Ships’ muster rolls from the 29th September 1765 – 29th September 1766. Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 246.

Part of muster roll for the ship, the Elizabeth from Barbados.
The master, Nichols Pocock, was also an artist. He drew the ship’s portraits , which show scenes of Tradeing on ye coast of Africa and probably had served on slaving ships before taking command of merchant ships trading from Bristol to the Caribbean.

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: 1760s

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Photograph

Bags of cocoa beans

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Photograph of bags of cocoa beans being unloaded onto a barge to go up the the river Severn and the canal to Cadbury’s at Bourneville outside Birmingham, 1947. The bags are being unloaded from the ship SS Jonathon Holt at Avonmouth Docks, Bristol. Cocoa beans are grown on plantations in the Caribbean and America.

Reproduced with kind permission of Wills (now Imperial Tobacco).

Chocolate was first used as a drink, sweetened with sugar to mask the bitter flavour of the chocolate. Later it was used for making eating chocolate. At this period, most people drank beer, wine or spirits. Water was not safe to drink, tea coffee and chocolate were expensive. Quakers promoted drinking chocolate as an alternative to alcohol.

Date: 1947

Copyright: Copyright, Imperial Tobacco

Object ID:PBA 1147

Photograph

Banana berth at dockside

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Photograph of banana berth with the ship SS Carare. Ships carrying bananas from the Caribbean would unloaded here.1934, N Shed, Avonmouth dock , Bristol.

Reproduced with kind permission of Wills (now Imperial Tobacco).

Date: 1934

Copyright: Copyright, Imperial Tobacco

Object ID:PBA 434

Photograph

Delivery floor with barrels of tobacco

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Photograph of delivery floor with barrels of tobacco, in B Bond shed, Bristol.

Reproduced with kind permission of Wills (now Imperial Tobacco).

Date: 1920

Copyright: Copyright, Imperial Tobacco

Object ID:PBA 210

Photograph

Sampling tobacco

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Photograph of worker sampling barrels of tobacco, A Bond shed, Bristol.

Reproduced with kind permission of Wills (now Imperial Tobacco).

Date: 1920

Copyright: Copyright, Imperial Tobacco

Object ID:PBA 208

cottonseed meal

Ship unloading cottonseed meal

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Photograph of the Ship SS Topa Topa; unloading cottonseed meal, probably from America, onto Bristol Docks Railway, 1927. Cottonseed meal was a by-product of the cotton production and was imported to Britain to be used for cattle food.

Reproduced with kind permission of Wills (now Imperial Tobacco)

Date: 1927

Copyright: Copyright, Imperial Tobacco

Object ID:PBA 168

Photograph

Mahogany being unloaded

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Photograph of Mahogany logs being unloaded from the ship SS Ediba from West Africa at ‘Q’ Shed, Avonmouth Dock, 1927.
Reproduced with kind permission of Wills (now Imperial Tobacco).

Date: 1927

Copyright: Copyright, Imperial Tobacco

Object ID:PBA 151

Photograph

Mahogany being unloaded from a ship

Description:

Photograph of Mahogany logs being unloaded from the ship SS Ediba from West Africa at Q Shed, Avonmouth Dock, 1927.

Reproduced with kind permission of Wills (now Imperial Tobacco).

Date: 1927

Copyright: Copyright, Imperial Tobacco

Object ID:PBA 149

Photograph

Banana berth at the dockside

Description:

Photograph of banana berth where ships carrying bananas from the Caribbean, would be unloaded.1926, N Shed, Avonmouth dock , Bristol.

Reproduced with kind permission of Wills (now Imperial Tobacco).

Date: 1926

Copyright: Copyright, Imperial Tobacco

Object ID:PBA 135

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