An old English measure of 252 gallons. For centuries a ships were primarily used for transporting wine from the continent. A ships size was measured by how many tuns it could carry. Hence, a 100 tun vessel had a bugger capacity than a 50 tun vessel. A ton later became the standard measure of weight for vessels. A popular pub name was "The Three Tuns".
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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