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Notice about Relief Fund for Sailors

Notice about Relief Fund for Sailors


From Bonner and Middleton’s Bristol Journal – editorials all talk of either rebellions in America or French wars.

Notice from Trustees of the Relief Fund for Sailors. The Fund, to date, have supported 253 sailors or their families, that they can take donations and bequests and that sailors must make sure that their proper name is entered on the muster roll of the crew or they cannot be helped. (Sailors paid out of their wages into the insurance fund).

In 1776, the thirteen American colonies began fighting for independence from Britain. France, Spain and Holland supported the Americans. North America supplied the Caribbean islands with large amounts of food and supplies. The American colonies also bought a large amount of the sugar, rum and molasses produced. The resulting war seriously disrupted transatlantic trade, and Bristol merchants were affected by this. In the Caribbean, 3,000 slaves died as a result of food shortages caused by the war.

Date: Nov 12th 1774

Copyright: Copyright BCC Library Service

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