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An oar is an implement used for water-borne propulsion. Oars have a flat blade at one end. The oarsmen grasp the oar at the other end. What distinguishes oars from paddles is that paddles are held by the paddler, and are not connected with the vessel. Oars generally are fastened to the vessel. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Look up blade in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A paddle is a tool, originally a propulsion implement for mixing or pushing against liquids, typically in order to propel a boat. ...

Oarsmen generally face the stern of the vessel, reach as far as they can towards the stern, and insert the blade of their oar in the water. As they lean back, towards the vessel's bow, the blade of their oars sweeps the water towards the stern, providing forward thrust - see lever. Aft of the Soleil Royal, by Jean Bérain the Elder. ... The bow is the foremost point of the hull of a ship or boat: the point that is ahead when the vessel is underway. ... Thrust is a reaction force described quantitatively by Newtons Second and Third Law. ... It has been suggested that Resistance distance be merged into this article or section. ...

For thousands of years vessels were powered either by sails, or the mechanical work of oarsmen, or paddlers. Some ancient vessels were propelled by either oars or sail, depending on the speed and direction of the wind (see trireme and bireme). A gaff-rigged cutter flying a mainsail, staysail and genoa jib For other uses, see Sail (disambiguation). ... Wind, tacuinum sanitatis casanatensis (XIV century) Given a difference in barometric pressure between two air masses, a wind will arise between the two which tends to flow from the area of high pressure to the area of low pressure until the two air masses are at the same pressure, although... A Greek trireme. ... A French galley and Dutch men_of_war off a port by Abraham Willaerts, painted 17th century. ...


Oars used for transportation

The oars used for transportation come in a variety of sizes. The oars used in small dinghies or rafts can be less than 2 metres long. In classical times warships were propelled by very long oars that might have several oarsmen per oar. These oars could be more than a dozen meters long. Dinghy of the schooner Adventuress A dinghy is a small utility boat attached to a larger boat. ... The metre, or meter (U.S.), is a measure of length. ... Diagrams of first and third rate warships, England, 1728 Cyclopaedia. ... Dozen is another word for the number twelve. ...

Oars used for competitive rowing

Main article: Oar (sport rowing)
A set of Croker sculling oars used for the sport of rowing
A set of Croker sculling oars used for the sport of rowing

The oars used in competitive rowing are long (250–300 cm) poles with one flat end about 50 cm long and 25 cm wide, called the blade. The part of the oar the oarsman holds while rowing is called the handle. While rowing, the oars are supported by metal frames attached to the side of the boat called outriggers. Classic oars were made out of wood, but modern oars are made from synthetic material, the most common being carbon fiber. Two hatchet sculls. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1390x1853, 688 KB) A set of Croker sculling oars. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1390x1853, 688 KB) A set of Croker sculling oars. ... Croker Oars was started by Howard Croker in Sydney Australia. ... A coxless pair which is a sweep-oar boat. ... In a canoe or bangca, an outrigger is a thin, long, solid, hull used to stabilise an inherently unstable main hull. ... Trunks A tree trunk as found at the Veluwe, The Netherlands Wood is a solid material derived from woody plants, notably trees but also shrubs. ... Synthesis (from the ancient Greek σύν (with) and θεσις (placing), is commonly understood to be an integration of two or more pre-existing elements which results in a new creation. ... Carbon fiber composite is a strong, light and very expensive material. ...

Oars used as trophies

The sport of competitive rowing has developed a peculiar tradition of using an oar as a memento of significant race wins. A 'trophy oar' is not presented at the end of the race as a more familiar precious metal cup might be, but rather given by the club, school or university that the winning crew or rower represented.

A trophy oar is a competition oar that has been painted in the club colours and has then had the details of the race signwritten on the face of the blade. The most common format would have the coat of arms or crest of the club or school positioned in the centre, with the crew names and the race details arranged around this.

Many older universities (Oxford and Cambridge would be prime examples) and their colleges have long histories of using the trophy oar and many examples are on display in club houses around the world. Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 134,248 (2001 census). ... Geography Status City (1951) Region East of England Admin. ...

In culture

The Norwegian municipalities of Fedje and Herøy have oars in their coat-of-arms. County Hordaland District Nordhordland Municipality NO-1265 Administrative centre Fedje Mayor (2003) Erling Walderhaug(H) Official language form Nynorsk Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 431 9 km² 9 km² 0. ... County Nordland Landscape Helgeland Municipality NO-1818 Administrative centre Herøy Mayor (2003) Arnt-Frode Jensen (Ap) Official language form BokmÃ¥l Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 412 65 km² 64 km² 0. ...

Oars have been used to describe various animals with characteristics that closely-resemble the said rowing implement. The members of the Family Regalecidae, elongated deep-sea fishes, are called oarfish because their body shape is similar to that of an oar.[citation needed] The hawksbill turtle's genus of Eretmochelys is derived from the latin root eretmo, which roughly translates to oar. The turtle was so-named because of the oar-like shape of its front flippers.[1] Genera Agrostichthys Regalecus Oarfish are large, greatly elongated, pelagic lampridiform fish comprising the small family Regalecidae. ... Genera Agrostichthys Regalecus Oarfish are large, greatly elongated, pelagic Lampriform fish comprising the small family Regalecidae. ... Binomial name Eretmochelys imbricata Linnaeus, 1766 subspecies Eretmochelys imbricata bissa (Rüppell, 1835) Eretmochelys imbricata imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766) Synonyms Eretmochelys imbricata squamata junior synonym The hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered[1] sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. ... Binomial name Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766) The Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a sea turtle that is distinguished by the following characteristics. ...


  1. ^ Beltz, Ellin. Translations and Original Descriptions: Turtles. Scientific and Common Names of the Reptiles and Amphibians of North America - Explained. ebeltz.net. Retrieved on 2007-02-06.



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