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David Manthey

Thank you.

To continue with the pedantry, while the navy pulled boats, the term rowing was certainly used as well. For instance, in the 1799 “A Vocabulary of Sea Phrases and Terms of Art used in Seamanship and Naval Architecture”, a book with translations between French and English in both directions, pull is more common than row, but not exclusive. The translation of Nager is “To pull, or to row”. The terms get used in specific contexts: “pull together”, but “row dry” (to take shallow strokes when you’d otherwise touch ground).

– David