- pig iron used as permanent ballast.
Origin of kentledge
First recorded in 1600–10; origin uncertain
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She is ballasted with utilities; not altogether with unusable pig-lead and kentledge.Moby Dick; or The Whale
I think you had better speak to Captain Kentledge on the subject.Pencil Sketches
The ward-room was then scuttled to get at the kentledge, twelve tons of which were thrown overboard.The Second War with England, Vol. 2 of 2
J. T. Headley.
Kentledge, kent′lej, n. pig-iron laid in a ship's hold for ballast.
My breast has felt the last four-and-twenty hours as if a ton of kentledge had been stowed in it.The Pathfinder
James Fenimore Cooper
- nautical scrap metal used as ballast in a vessel
C17: perhaps from Old French quintelage ballast, from quintal hundredweight, ultimately from Arabic qintār; see kantar