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PRIMAGE, merc. law. A duty payable to the master and mariner of a ship or
vessel; to the master for the use of his cables and ropes to discharge the
goods of the merchant; to the mariners for lading and unlading in any port
or haven. Merch. Dict. h.t.; Abb. on Ship. 270.
2. This payment appears to be of very ancient date, and to be variously regulated in different voyages and trades. It is sometimes called the master's hat money. 3 Chit. Com. Law, 431.