The load was in the early Hanseatic a time unit and originally referred to the mass of grain that of one of four horses drawn wagon could be transported. In the Middle Ages , it became a measure to determine the transport capacity of ships . The "load" could differ regionally and according to the type of goods, in simplified terms one can say:
Here they had in the Middle Ages more a measure of space in the eye as a measure of weight . The gliders of the Middle Ages often carried grain and herrings . Because of the different absorption capacities of the bulk grain and the herring packed in barrels, 100 herring loads equal 80 grain loads. Later, other product-specific loads such as caused salt load and regional peculiarities as Bremer load , Pomeranian load , Baltic load , Berlin load , Prussian load , normal load and Commerz load with different metric equivalents.
The load in Lübeck was a measure of area and a so-called sowing measure . The area was determined by a fixed amount of seed. The inaccuracy affected the soil.
- Johann Friedrich Krüger : Complete manual of the coins, measures and weights of all countries in the world. Verlag Gottfried Basse, Quedlinburg / Leipzig 1830, p. 148.