The gross tonnage figure, however, is a fair measure of the usable internal volume of the ship.
The public imagines a nation's impact on the sea in terms of the raw tonnage of fish it catches.
Not until the middle of the century did the tonnage of steamships upon the sea begin to overhaul that of sailing ships.
The tonnage bounties given to the white-herring and whale-fisheries may, perhaps, be considered as somewhat of this nature.
The price of old liners depend on the tonnage, the market for steel, and the furnishings.
Its weeping tonnage can speak for all kinds of grief.
The fantasies are shaped not only by the comforts of the cars but by their sheer tonnage as well.
The grade-tonnage models are presented in graphical format to make it easy to compare deposit types and to display the data.
British Dictionary definitions for tonnage
the capacity of a merchant ship expressed in tons, for which purpose a ton is considered as 40 cubic feet of freight or 100 cubic feet of bulk cargo, unless such an amount would weigh more than 2000 pounds in which case the actual weight is used
the weight of the cargo of a merchant ship
the total amount of shipping of a port or nation, estimated by the capacity of its ships
a duty on ships based either on their capacity or their register tonnage