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  • On a trireme, the oar pivoted on an upright, wooden peg called a tholepin.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • The oarloop held the oar tightly against the tholepin.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • But for answer he merely stared at her, and a moment later his starboard oar snapped its tholepin like a carrot, and hurled him back over his thwart as the boat ran alongside the _Albemarle's_ ladder.

    Hetty Wesley

  • I can step into the boat now, but when you have sixteen stone to drop on the top of a tholepin, I assure you it makes you cautious.

    A Dream of the North Sea


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