DEFINITION of 10,000-TONNER:
refers to the weight of
as measured in
Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) --
the amount of cargo, fuels, water, stores
and crew that she could carry when fully loaded.
Dead Weight Tonnage
is expressed in long tons of 2,240 pounds each.
Gross Registered Tonnage or GRT,
which is also used to describe merchant ships --
especially passenger-carrying ships --
volume of space within the hull and
enclosed spaces above
the deck which is available for cargo, stores,
fuel, passengers and crew. GRT is measured
in units of 100 cubic feet and its
dates back to the time when a ship's capacity was measured by
how many barrels ("tuns") of wine that a ship could carry.
In Fort Crevier's case,
as with all the
Canadian-built "Forts" and
"Parks" and the American-built "Oceans" and "Liberty Ships",
the Gross Registered Tonnage
would be around
7,100 gross tons.
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