A group of Greeks rowing a boat.

Greek boat

A group of Greeks rowing a boat.

A small row boat with row locks.

Row Boat

A small row boat with row locks.

Four boys and their dog rowing a small boat to the shore.

Boys Rowing a Boat

Four boys and their dog rowing a small boat to the shore.

An illustration of a canoe.

Canoe

An illustration of a canoe.

"Probably the precursor of the Oar, and still is substitute among barbarous nations, is a wooden implement, consisting of a wide flat blade with a short handle, by means of which the operator spoons the water towards him." — Chambers, 1881

Double Paddle

"Probably the precursor of the Oar, and still is substitute among barbarous nations, is a wooden implement,…

The Helping Hand, a painting by Emile Renouf.

The Helping Hand

The Helping Hand, a painting by Emile Renouf.

"Ten-Oared Lifeboat. the 33-feet, double-banked, ten-oared, self-righting, and self-emptying lifeboat of the institution on its transporting carriage, ready for launching." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Lifeboat

"Ten-Oared Lifeboat. the 33-feet, double-banked, ten-oared, self-righting, and self-emptying lifeboat…

"Sheer Plan of a Ten-Oared Lifeboat. the 33-feet, double-banked, ten-oared, self-righting, and self-emptying lifeboat of the institution on its transporting carriage, ready for launching." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Lifeboat

"Sheer Plan of a Ten-Oared Lifeboat. the 33-feet, double-banked, ten-oared, self-righting, and self-emptying…

"Deck Plan of a Ten-Oared Lifeboat. the 33-feet, double-banked, ten-oared, self-righting, and self-emptying lifeboat of the institution on its transporting carriage, ready for launching." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Lifeboat

"Deck Plan of a Ten-Oared Lifeboat. the 33-feet, double-banked, ten-oared, self-righting, and self-emptying…

An oar is a tool used for water propulsion. Oars in general have one flat blade at one end. The user grabs the oar at the other end.

Water Propulsion Oar

An oar is a tool used for water propulsion. Oars in general have one flat blade at one end. The user…

"Probably the precursor of the Oar, and still is substitute among barbarous nations, is a wooden implement, consisting of a wide flat blade with a short handle, by means of which the operator spoons the water towards him." — Chambers, 1881

Paddle

"Probably the precursor of the Oar, and still is substitute among barbarous nations, is a wooden implement,…

The part of the helm which is abaft the stern post and is turned by the tiller so as to expose its side more or less to the resistance of the water and thus directing the ship's course.

Rudder

The part of the helm which is abaft the stern post and is turned by the tiller so as to expose its side…

The part of the helm which is abaft the stern post and is turned by the tiller so as to expose its side more or less to the resistance of the water and thus directing the ship's course.

Rudder

The part of the helm which is abaft the stern post and is turned by the tiller so as to expose its side…

The part of the helm which is abaft the stern post and is turned by the tiller so as to expose its side more or less to the resistance of the water and thus directing the ship's course.

Rudder

The part of the helm which is abaft the stern post and is turned by the tiller so as to expose its side…

A man using a single scull to row a boat. Sculling was used by ancient Chinese, American Indians, and by gondola pilots.

Scull

A man using a single scull to row a boat. Sculling was used by ancient Chinese, American Indians, and…

"The following cut represents a ship with its rudder. The pole by which it is fastened to the ship's side is the <em>clavus</em>." &mdash; Anthon, 1891

Ship with rudder

"The following cut represents a ship with its rudder. The pole by which it is fastened to the ship's…

"The vessel is now broadside to the wind, the prow having swung around." &mdash; Anthon, 1891

Greek ship

"The vessel is now broadside to the wind, the prow having swung around." — Anthon, 1891

"The vessel is now broadside to the wind, the prow having swung around." &mdash; Anthon, 1891

Greek ship

"The vessel is now broadside to the wind, the prow having swung around." — Anthon, 1891