Legal Definition and Related Resources of Tonnage

Meaning of Tonnage

In relation to a ship, its tonnage is its capacity for loading freight .

Tonnage Alternative Definition

The capacity of a ship or vessel; the duties paid on the tonnage of a ship. This term is most usually applied to the capacity of a vessel in tons, as determined by the legal mode of measurement; and, as a general rule, in the United States, the official tonnage of a vessel is considerably below the actual capacity of the vessel to carry freight. For the rule for determining the tonnage of British vessels under the law of England, see McCulloch, “Tonnage;” Eng. Merch, Shipp. Act 1854, §§ 20-29. In the United States it is provided that the tonnage of a vessel shall be her entire internal cubic capacity in tons of one hundred cubic feet each, to be ascertained in the manner prescribed by the statute. Rev. St. U. S. § 4153.

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