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In most navies, to row a boat with oars. For some naval reason, boats are not rowed, they are pulled. Perhaps this came about because most naval seamen during the days of sail were not concerned with the finer points of rowing, such as feathering the oar at the end of a stroke, but concentrated on getting the blade square into the water and pulling it through with maximum force.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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