Thowel

Thow´el


n.1.(Naut.) A thole pin.
I would sit impatiently thinking with what an unusual amount of noise the oars worked in the thowels.
- Dickens.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
And what's more,--with t'other scull jammed in the thowels and broke short off.
Or another, "Is that a boat yonder?" And afterwards, we would fall into a dead silence, and I would sit impatiently thinking with what an unusual amount of noise the oars worked in the thowels.