Sailor Speak of the Week – Oarlock

Definition

Noun

  • AKA rowlock. Any of several types of fulcrum for an oar that allows a boat to be rowed.

Origin

Probably the 15th century. From Middle English, orlock.

Comments

Simply put, those things on the gunnel of a boat that allow you to row. Otherwise, I suggest you paddle it like a canoe, hoist a sail, or invest in a motor.

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport Museum.

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