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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1788 – 1789; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 42.

Muster roll for the ship, the Prince , sailing from Africa, Buenos Aires and Cadiz, 1787.
The Prince sailed for Bonny in West Africa, and bought 427 slaves. The slaves were sold at Buenos Aires, in Argentina in South America. There was a big demand for slaves in South America and a few Bristol ships helped to supply them.

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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