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A regular measurement of maritime victuals in the old days of salt beef and pork in casks. A tierce of salt beef was 127 kilograms (280 lb), a tierce of pork only 118 kilograms (260 lb). In the early 19th century, when casks were made larger, the beef tierce was raised to 152 kilograms (336 lb) and the pork tierce to 136 kilograms (300 lb). A tierce of port was one-third of a pipe, or 191 litres (42 gals.).

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Maritime History.


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