In Greenland, a unit of capacity for blubber and train oil, already long obsolete by the end of the 19th century. In northern Greenland = 1½ Danish øltønder, about 200 liters; in the south = 1¹⁄₃ øltønder.

We have searched Danish and German dictionaries for the word “ballin”, without success. It apparently describes a vat of some sort. If any reader knows more on the subject, we would appreciate hearing from them.

Nelkenbrecher (1890), page 432.

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