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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Pilot-, Pilatag(e, n. Also: pilottag, pillot-, pellot-, pillitand -adge. [17th c. Eng. pylotage the action of piloting (a 1618), pilotage dues (1622), F. pilotage (1540 in Hatz.-Darm.).] The action of, or, more freq., the charge for, piloting (cf. pilot-fe, s.v. Pilot n. c). — a1603 Tract. Leg. Naval. 64.
The mariners and company are frie of all pilotage, cabarage [etc.]
1641-8 Skipper's Acc. (Smettone) 23.
For the 3 of the pilotag to com dowin
Ib. 23 b (see Pert pil(l)otage).
1654 Edinb. B. Rec. VIII. 335.
Their boat dues for pillotadge of ilk … barke
1670 Aberd. Council Lett. V. 73.
Vessels … must pay 3 pilatages before they come to Dort
1696 Sc. Hist. Rev. XVIII. 254 (see Petty a. 2 (2)).
1641-8 Skipper's Acc. (Smettone) 21.
For pellotag over the bar of Nowcastell

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