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tonnage

, tunnage
1. the capacity of a merchant ship expressed in tons, for which purpose a ton is considered as 40 cubic feet of freight or 100 cubic feet of bulk cargo, unless such an amount would weigh more than 2000 pounds in which case the actual weight is used
2. the weight of the cargo of a merchant ship
3. the total amount of shipping of a port or nation, estimated by the capacity of its ships
4. a duty on ships based either on their capacity or their register tonnage

tonnage

[′tən·ij]
(naval architecture)
A measure of the size of a ship; it is usually taken to mean gross tonnage or net tonnage, but may also refer to deadweight or displacement tonnage.
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The account for 1520/1 was for tunnage and poundage, a duty also paid by natives and denizated aliens.
Using the National Archives database, a list was created of accounts that could possible contain cargoes of books (petty customs and tunnage and poundage accounts).
For a complete picture of the London overseas trade, all of these accounts (wool customs; petty customs and cloth customs, and tunnage and poundage) would be needed for a given year, but not all the accounts survive.
She said as the trio walked into the Tunnage Square passageway, they were set upon by a group of four men that Mr Lunne and Mr Evans had clashed with repeatedly, both earlier that night and in the weeks before.
A new base will now be made for it in Tunnage Square, off Duke Street, as part of Liverpool council's city centre movement strategy.
She said as they walked into the Tunnage Square passage, they were set upon by four men, Simon Taylor, 20, Kevin O'Dea, 22, Richard Faustino and Thomas Canning, who Mr Lunne and Mr Evans had clashed with repeatedly.