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Use "tholes" in a sentence
"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."
"Those of Harald's band who were still fit and able manned the thwarts, drawing the long oars through the tholes."
"It was eighteen feet long, big-bellied, with two thwarts for oarsmen and four sets of tholes for oars."