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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1787 – 1788; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 138.

Muster roll for the ship, the King George , sailing from Bristol to Africa and Jamaica, 1787.
The master of the ship had orders to buy 450 slaves. The number he did actually buy is not known, but reports suggest that 410 or 315 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: 1787

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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