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A pipe was a large cask.

When eighteenth century mariners referred to a pipe they were describing a cask that contained somewhere between 90 and 120 gallons (341 – 454 litres), usually of wine or spirits.

The size of a pipe could vary according to its country of manufacture, its purpose and contents. For example, the Museum maintained by John Harvey and Sons, a firm of Bristol wine merchants established in the early 1840s, contains a Madeira pipe of 92 gallons (348 litres), and a port pipe made of Oak procured from the Baltic containing 115 gallons (435) litres.


Prepared by: Turnbull, P.
Created: 28 October 2001
Modified: 1 December 2001

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000093

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