In Moby Dick, Herman Melville included a drinks list for a whaling voyage that included “550 ankers of Geneva (gin) and 10,800 barrels of beer”.
Taking a barrel to be 9 gallons that\’s nearly 400 tonnes of beer.
The Essex (the ship that Melville used as his real life starting point for Moby Dick) weighed 238 tonnes.
Yes, I know, tonnage of a ship is not the same as tonnage of a cargo but 400 tonnes of beer on a 238 tonne ship? No, don\’t think so.