tholepin


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Noun1.tholepin - a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowingtholepin - a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing
dinghy, dory, rowboat - a small boat of shallow draft with cross thwarts for seats and rowlocks for oars with which it is propelled
holder - a holding device; "a towel holder"; "a cigarette holder"; "an umbrella holder"
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Morrison's wording indicates that he was thinking of that space on each side of the ship separately, following the meaning plainly appropriate in the case of galleys like triremi, when discussing the term triskalmos as meaning having three tholepins for working oars and concluding that a trieres has three tholepins in each room on each side of the ship.
The lower oars could not be much longer than sculls to be workable at any appreciable speed so their tholepins could not be much further apart than about 2 m at most, and the breadth of the ship at the waterline could not practicably have been in that case much larger.