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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).

Rowage, -adge, n. [Row v.1 and -age.] Rowing dues or charges. — 1589 St. A. B. Ct. 30 Sept.
Pey to the said Magnus for the fraucht … with half towage and half rowage vseit & wont
a1603 Tract. Leg. Naval. 64.
The mariners and company are frie of all pilotage, cabarage, towage, rowage
1696 Sc. Hist. Rev. XVIII 254.
[The skipper was to receive £18 Scots] together also with towadge and rowadge and pittie pillitage and other dewties
1697 Dallas Stiles 414.
Merchant of the said towage, rowage, anchorage … and other dues

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