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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from the September 1766 – September 1767. Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 140.

Muster roll for the ship, the Indian Queen , from Bristol to Africa and Jamaica and back to Bristol.
The Indian Queen sailed for Old Calabar in West Africa and Jamaica. 383 slaves were sold at Jamaica. On the return journey, the ship carried sugar from the plantation owned by John Hugh Smyth of Ashton Court, 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: 1764

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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