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Muster roll

Muster roll


Ships’ muster rolls from 1749 – 1750; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 2.

Muster roll for the ship, the Fox, sailing from North Carolina, 1748.
The Fox was one of many merchant ships supplying the colonies with manufactured goods and foodstuffs. The Crew included one Cato Holwell of Jamaica. Names like Cato were often given to slaves, so this Cato Holwell may have been a freed slave.

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: 1748

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

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