25th May 2012
Important records of the maritime history of Hull are now
available at the Hull History Centre.
Hull Trinity House has transferred its Muster Rolls to the
History Centre. Muster Rolls are lists compiled to record monthly
contributions to a national pension fund between 1747 and 1851 of
seamen sailing from Hull. These are invaluable records for a period
which saw Hull's expansion as a port, and the rise and decline of
the whaling trade.
Trinity House was founded in 1369 and received its royal charter
in 1541. For centuries Trinity House supervised navigation and
marine safety in and around the Humber as well as supporting
retired seamen and their families. Trinity House continues to
Captain Philip Watts, Master Warden of Trinity House said:
"Following the retirement of our Honorary Archivist, Professor
Donald Woodward, the Brethren of Trinity House were concerned to
ensure that our Muster Rolls were properly preserved and made
available to the public under the right conditions. We are very
pleased to work with the Hull History Centre to do this."
Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture
"Trinity House has made a unique contribution to the history of
Hull over many centuries. I am delighted that some of this will now
be preserved in the city's History Centre."
Readers at the History Centre will now be able to consult the
records (Ref C DSTR) and a source guide is now available,
this highlights the information contained with-in
the records and how they might be used.