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  • n. Plural form of thole.


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  • The large Sutton Hoo ship buried in Mound 1 had between 20 and 40 oars – as the tholes had only survived in places along the gunwale the exact number is unknown - and Martin Carver suggests the most likely number is 28, seven pairs each fore and aft of the mast Carver 1998 p.171.

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  • Those of Harald's band who were still fit and able manned the thwarts, drawing the long oars through the tholes.

    Crusader Gold

  • It was eighteen feet long, big-bellied, with two thwarts for oarsmen and four sets of tholes for oars.

    Sharpe's Escape

  • The rudder pintles were greased so they would not squeak and the tholes, which held the oars, were wrapped in rags while the hull and oars were painted black with Stockholm tar.

    Sharpe's Prey

  • The great oars were silent in the tholes, though once they were a few yards from the Vesuvius Collier ordered the men to stop rowing.

    Sharpe's Prey

  • Somehow I fumbled out and got a grip on it again before it slid away between the tholes.

    Time Patrolman

  • After the sound of their oars on the tholes had died in the distance,

    Elson Grammar School Literature v4

  • An immense love of fighting breathes in the accounts of Viking warriors, "who are glad when they have hopes of a battle; they will leap up in hot haste and ply the oars, snapping the oar-thongs and cracking the tholes."

    Early European History

  • Again, take the case of oars, which are fastened to the tholes by loops, -- when they are pushed forward and drawn back by the hand, if the ends of the blades are at some distance from the centre, the oars foam with the waves of the sea and drive the ship forward in a straight line with a mighty impulse, while her prow cuts through the rare water.

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • The sweeps groaned on the tholes, and the cutter lurched under the impulse.

    Flying Colours


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