Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tax or duty of so much per tun formerly imposed in England upon all imported wines. Sometimes spelled tonnage, and used chiefly in the phrase tunnage (or tonnage) and poundage. See poundage, 1.
- n. Alternative form of tonnage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See tonnage.
- n. a tax imposed on ships that enter the US; based on the tonnage of the ship
- From tun; compare tonnage. (Wiktionary)
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“This measure of “tunnage” as units of volume should not be confused with other measures of weight that developed later, such as “displacement tons.””
“A vessel is measured by a surveyor to ascertain her tunnage, and the collector records or registers in a book her name, the port to which she belongs, her burden or tunnage, and the name of the place in which she was built, and gives to the owner or commander a certificate of such registry.”
“It contains the name of the vessel and that of her master, her tunnage, and the number of her crew, certifying that she belongs to the subjects of a particular state, and requiring all persons at peace with that state, to suffer her to proceed on her voyage without interruption.”
“Our government having become a party to this agreement, discriminating tunnage duties have been abolished.”
“The last restrictions upon the power of the states contained in this section, are: "No state shall, without the consent of congress, lay any duty of tunnage; keep troops or ships of war in time of peace; enter into any agreement or compact with any other state, or with a foreign power; or engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.”
“A highway, a bridge, a navigable canal, for example, may in most cases be both made and maintained by a small toll upon the carriages which make use of them: a harbour, by a moderate port-duty upon the tunnage of the shipping which load or unload in it.”
“The depth and the supply of water for a navigable canal must be proportioned to the number and tunnage of the lighters, which are likely to carry goods upon it; the extent of a harbour to the number of the shipping which are likely to take shelter in it.”
“When the carriages which pass over a highway or a bridge, and the lighters which sail upon a navigable canal, pay toll in proportion to their weight or their tunnage, they pay for the maintenance of those public works exactly in proportion to the wear and tear which they occasion of them.”
“As touching their tunnage, I thinke it may be neere fiue or sixe thousand tunne.”
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