- 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.