from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Carrying but one oarsman on a thwart, as a boat.
- Having but one bank or tier of oars, as the lighter vessels of antiquity.
- Having but one bank or row of keys, as an organ.
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The officer in the bow of the single-banked warship did use a megaphone.
An even more efficient solution is that of single-banked rooms with access from open verandahs or galleries.
River galleys, also, as would be expected, seldom carry more than twenty oars to a side, and are almost always single-banked.
Four RETURN The single-banked trading galley of Ortius crept gingerly along the coast turning northwards to the first port of call, Nova Cargegena, then on to the Messina, where Casca had first enlisted in the legions and received his basic training.
Climbing out of the hatch, Casca went to the side of the single-banked ship and emptied his bladder into the coastal waters of Britannia.
And they had also ships of war prepared as for sea-fighting, to the number of ninety-two, and they were single-banked ships covered by decks, in order that the men rowing them might if possible not be exposed to the bolts of the enemy.