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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1748 – 1749; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 109.

Muster roll for the ship, the Fanny, sailing from Bristol to Africa and America, 1747.
The Fanny sailed for the Guinea coast, Africa. A small ship of only 60 tons, the master had orders to buy 200 slaves. The number actually bought is not known, but 169 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: 1747

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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