from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A large square port in the side of a merchant-ship serving for the reception and discharge of ballast. Also called
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My bunk was directly against the ballast-port; and the port not being caulked, when there came a snow-storm the snow would blow through the seams in my bed, but in those cases there was one advantage to me, when I could not otherwise procure water to quench my thirst.