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An oak claw thole from a clinker-built vessel, apparently re-used in a building in a context dating from the second half of the 12th century. These devices were mounted on top of the gunwale as fulcru ...

DP 150985

Description An oak claw thole from a clinker-built vessel, apparently re-used in a building in a context dating from the second half of the 12th century. These devices were mounted on top of the gunwale as fulcrums against which the oars were pivoted. The oars were restrained on the backstroke by a rope or leather thong grommet for which the hole was provided. These items are a common feature of early Northern-European boats and have survived in Scandinavia into modern times. One was recognised as a sand-impression on the 7th-century AD Sutton Hoo ship, while others have been identified on the 4th-century AD Nydam ship, and on the small faering found with the 9th-century AD Gokstad ship. (Cat No 84/A6085)

Collection Dr Colin and Dr Paula Martin

Catalogue Number DP 150985

Category On-line Digital Images

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/1328438

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Collection Level (551 434) Dr Colin and Dr Paula Martin

Group Level (551 434/4) Material from the excavations at 75-95 Perth High Street.

>> Item Level (DP 150985) An oak claw thole from a clinker-built vessel, apparently re-used in a building in a context dating from the second half of the 12th century. These devices were mounted on top of the gunwale as fulcrums against which the oars were pivoted.

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