See also vasseau.
In the Netherlands, 19ᵗʰ – 20ᵗʰ centuries, a legal measure of capacity, = 100 liters. One vat = 100 litrons or kannen = 1000 matjes or verres. (United Nations, 1966). It had the same value in Belgium.
In Holland and Belgium, various units used in freighting of ships:
|Amsterdam||= 717 mengels||olive oil||Doursther: 853.4
|= 4 barriques||wine||Doursther: 914.4
|a type of ship ton based on volume||= 40 cubic feet|
|a type of ship ton based on weight|
In Brussels, a unit of dry capacity used for cinders, about 50.89 liters, equal to the unit called the mesure used for cinders in Louvain and Diest.
In England, 15ᵗʰ century? – abolished 1835, a unit of dry capacity used for coal, about 415.15 liters. Also spelled vatt. “The London chaldron was usually defined as four vatts ‘ringed and heaped’.”1
1. Connor, page 181.
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