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Oarlock is the male end and "Oar Socket" or "Oarlock Socket" is the female end of this assembly. See http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/search.do?freeText=oarlock&page=GRID&history=&engine=adwords!6456&keyword=%28oarlock%29&match_type= for the reference to this convention.
Types of Rowlocks
As I was learning about rowlocks, I was specifically looking for examples/pictures of specific types of rowlocks (e.g. tholes). I submit that this supplementary information would greatly enhance this article. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 19:12, 31 March 2007 (UTC).
- The latter - the similarity to bollock is often used in British jokes. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 00:52, 7 September 2010 (UTC)
Is the Rowlock a Fulcrum?
Isn't the location of the end of the oar in the water actually the fulcrum? An oar is a SECOND-class lever, which has its fulcrum at one end, the effort applied at the other, and the load in the middle. Even though the oar pivots in the rowlock, this is not the definition of a fulcrum
An oar is no different mechanically to a crowbar being used to raise a load, e.g. a slab of rock. The lower end of the crowbar pivots on the ground, and the load is the weight of the object being lifted. The angle between the crowbar and the slab will change as the upper end of the crowbar is lifted, but that does not mean that the point of contact is a fulcrum.