from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A heavy boat employed in Russia in the transportation of timber, especially from Astrakhan to Moscow.


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  • "Ballatoons, are large heavy barks, or luggage-boats, used for carrying wood, by the river, from Astracan, and the Caspian sea, to Muscow (sic); They are of an extraordinary length and breadth, their prows and sterns rounding alike to a point; and they carry from 150 to 200 ton, and from 150 to 200 men, to row and tow them along the rivers."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine, 1815

    October 10, 2008