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 ballast-hole.


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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.

    American Prisoners of the Revolution


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