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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1751 – 1752; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 203.

Muster roll for the ship, the Triton , sailing from Bristol to Bristol, 1750.
The Triton sailed for Cape Coast, West Africa, intending to buy 400 slaves. Reports suggest that 380 were actually bought, and 350 sold at Jamaica. Several of the 31 crew died on the voyage.

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: 1750

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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