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LADE (layd)

To load with cargo

Common clues: Stevedore; Fill with cargo; Fill the hold; Put on board; Weigh down; Stow below; Burden

Crossword puzzle frequency: 3 times a year

Frequency in English language: 70807 / 86800

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Loading and unloading ships requires knowledge of the operation of loading equipment, the proper techniques for lifting and stowing cargo, and correct handling of hazardous materials. In addition, workers must be physically strong and be able to follow orders.

Stevedores on a New York dock loading barrels of corn syrup onto a barge on the Hudson River. Photograph by Lewis Hine, ca. 1912

In earlier days, men who load and unload ships had to tie down cargoes with rope. A type of stopper knot is called the stevedore knot. The methods of securely tying up parcels of goods is called stevedore lashing or stevedore knotting. While loading a general cargo vessel, they use dunnage, which are pieces of wood (or nowadays sometimes strong inflatable bags) set down to keep the cargo out of any water that might be lying in the hold or are placed as shims between cargo crates to keep them from shifting during a voyage.

Today, the vast majority of non-bulk cargo is transported in shipping containers.[3] The containers arrive at a port by truck, rail or another ship and are stacked in the port's storage area. When the ship that will be transporting them arrives, the containers that it is offloading are unloaded by a crane. The containers either leave the port by truck or rail or are put in the storage area until they are put on another ship. Once the ship is offloaded, the containers it is leaving with are brought to the dock by truck. A crane lifts the containers from the trucks into the ship. As the containers pile up in the ship, the workers connect them to the ship and to each other. The jobs involved include the crane operators, the workers who connect the containers to the ship and each other, the truck drivers that transport the containers from the dock and storage area, the workers who track the containers in the storage area and as they are loaded and unloaded, as well as various supervisors. Those workers at the port who handle and move the containers are likely to be considered stevedores or longshoremen.

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LADE (166) 18 We- >1 08 Fill with cargo

18 Tu >1 05 Take on cargo

14 Tu >1 09 Stow cargo

12 Tu >1 99 Fill the hold

11 We >1 07 Put on board STOW

9 Mo+ >1 08 Put on cargo STOW

6 We >1 00 Put in the hold STOW

6 We- >1 05 Weigh down

4 Tu- >1 08 Fill with freight

4 Th >1 04 Stevedore

4 Tu+ >1 09 Stow, as cargo


3 Fr- >1 03 Stow PACK

3 Fr+ >1 08 Fill a hold

3 Mo+ NYT 04 Put on board, as cargo

3 Th+ LAT 09 Stow below

2 Tu- >1 06 Burden DEBT LOAD NEED ONUS

2 Th- >1 08 Take on DARE HIRE

2 Th- >1 97 Load cargo STOW

2 Fr- >1 99 Put aboard STOW

2 We- LAT 99 Put below STOW

2 Th- >1 98 Load up

2 We- >1 07 Put in a cargo hold

97 Put on freight

4 Th WSJ 07 Home in a 1936 novel

4 Th >1 08 Home of ancient Irish kings

4 We+ >1 09 O'Hara plantation

4 Th- >1 04 Twelve Oaks neighbor