general cargo

[ jen-er-uhl kahr-goh ]

  1. goods that are shipped as components, loaded and unloaded piece by piece, transported in individual barrels, drums, crates, etc., or on pallets; break bulk cargo: Our stowage methods for household appliances, automotive parts, farm equipment, and other general cargo follow a strict code of practice.

Origin of general cargo

First recorded in 1835–40

Words Nearby general cargo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use general cargo in a sentence

  • Coals again to Oregon, seven thousand miles, and nigh as many more with general cargo for Japan and China.

  • She was bound to a port in Jamaica, with a general cargo for new owners, and with a new captain and officers.

    The Log of a Sea-Waif | Frank T. Bullen
  • The ship proved to be the Vulcan, of and from Liverpool, bound to Kingston with a valuable general cargo and several passengers.

    The Voyage of the Aurora | Harry Collingwood
  • According to the manifest the Fanny was bound for Iceland with a general cargo, part of which was to be shipped at Bergen.

    Ulster's Stand For Union | Ronald McNeill
  • On that first voyage the Narcissus carried general cargo to northern ports on the West Coast.

    Cappy Ricks Retires | Peter B. Kyne