Sailor Speak of the Week – Oarlock



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


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


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.


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

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