Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small sum of money formerly paid over and above the freight to the master of a ship for his care of the goods: now charged with the freight and retained by the ship-owner. Also called hat-money.
- n. The amount of water carried over in steam from a steam-boiler by foaming, lifting, and atomizing of the water. See priming. It is estimated, in relation to the amount of water evaporated or to the time of evaporation, usually as a percentage of the entire weight of water passed through the boiler: as, a primage of three per cent.
- n. A duty of one per cent. imposed by the Victorian Parliament 1803–95, on the prime, or first entry of goods.
- n. archaic A payment made for loading or unloading a ship, or for care of goods during transit by ship.
- n. archaic, UK An import duty levied by a guild of harbour pilots (especially at Kingston-upon-Hull and Newcastle-upon-Tyne).
- n. Australia, New Zealand An additional import duty levied by customs.
- n. engineering, rare Droplets of water suspended in steam (especially in the cylinder of a steam engine).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Com.) A charge in addition to the freight; originally, a gratuity to the captain for his particular care of the goods (sometimes called
hat money), but now belonging to the owners or freighters of the vessel, unless by special agreement the whole or part is assigned to the captain.
- From prime + -age. (Wiktionary)
“Not being paid by the month but by primage on the freight, he was a veritable "driver," and lost no opportunity to urge his vessel ahead, even at the risk of starting”
“Besides their primage they owned shares in their vessels, a thirty-second or so, and presently their settlement at the end of a voyage coastwise amounted to an income of a thousand dollars a month.”
“They sailed for nominal wages and primage, or five per cent of the gross freight paid the vessel.”
“However, membership drives had built up the numbers and a stronger voice was available for dealings with the government on matters such as the imposition of sales tax (1933), the customs charge of primage (1935) and censorship.”
“Five thousand dollars there was, and I sent it to the widow along with his primage.”
“Col.P. regrets the delay of ship New - port for Algiers; the primage shall be determined by referees, and their award paid.”
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