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Muster roll

Muster roll


From ships’ muster roll book, 29th September 1772 – 29th September 1773; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive. Muster roll no: 76.
Muster roll for the ship, the Providence , for a voyage from Bristol to Hamburg, South Carolina and so to London.
The ship may have sailed via Hamburg in Germany to pick up goods for the South Carolina market. From London, the ship went to St Petersburg in Russia and back to Bristol.

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: 1770's

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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