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TON. Twenty hundred weight, each hundred weight being one hundred and twelve pounds avoirdupois. See act of congress of Aug. 30, 1842, c. 270, s. 20.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The planned newbuilding, Celebrity's first wide-body construction, measures 117,000 gross register tons, 1,033 feet long, and 121 feet wide, making the ship a post-Panamax vessel.
1978--In what is said to be the first lengthening of a modern cruise ship, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Song of Norway is cut in half and an 85-foot midsection is inserted; the vessel's size increases by 4,589 gross register tons, while passenger capacity grows by 316.
At first we had some concerns about booking on such a large ship (142,000 gross register tons).