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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).

Towage, n. Also: towaige, -adge, touege, tollaige. [e.m.E. towage (1562), F. touage, med. L. towāgium, MLG togen, ON toga.] The charge levied for towing a ship. 1589 St. A. B. Ct. 30 Sept.
Pey to the said Magnus for the fraucht … with half towage and half rowage vseit & wont
1598 Skipper's Acc. (Morton) 10b.
For touege xv s.
1622-6 Bisset II 245/11.
The half of the towaige [v.r. tollaige] and small loidmannis services called steirman fie bene to the merchandis
16.. Admir. Ct. Form 64.
Towage is in calmed ships drawen out or in off ane harbor: wheroff the master peyes the two pairt and the skipper the third in name off the owners … For the mariners … are frie of all pilotage, cabarage, towage, rowage
1654 Nicolson Diurnals 22 July.
For towage and rowage 12 s.
1686 Reg. Deeds LIX 138.
John Layng … to pay … to … Henrie Duffe the soume of ane hundreth pound … in name of fraucht homeward … together with … towage … primage & pettie pillotage … according to the custome of the sea
1696 Sc. Hist. Rev. XVIII 254.
Towadge and rowadge and pittie pillitage and other dewties

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