What does the word stowage mean?

Usage examples for stowage

  1. It was half full of plunder of all sorts, and there was barely room, if soft stowage, for us. – A Sea Queen's Sailing by Charles Whistler
  2. She had great stowage forward and below: if there was a large take, boat after boat could empty its load into her, and go back and draw its nets again. – The Marquis of Lossie by George MacDonald