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Sound Details

  • Rating: 4.0 Stars with 1,321 ratings
  • Category: Other Transport
  • Released: over 7 years ago
  • Size: 3.78 MB
  • Open in Ambiance (iOS)
  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.

Wooden Rowboat

The calm, cool lake loosens at the slightest touch of the paddle, and you glide gently over the waters with the grace of a swan basking in the rays of the sun. The wet soft wood of the boat smells sweet when mixed with the grasses and blossoming trees on shore. The chance to sit in this peaceful place is a gift unparalleled and one which no price could ever be too high. In ancient times, rowing vessels, especially galleys, were extensively used in naval warfare and trade, in particular in the Mediterranean from classical antiquity onwards. Galleys had advantages over sailing ships; they were easier to maneuver, capable of short bursts of speed, and able to move independent of the wind. Galleys continued in use in the Mediterranean until the advent of steam propulsion. Their use in northern Atlantic waters was less successful, finishing with their poor performance with the Spanish Armada. The Classical trireme used 170 rowers; later galleys included even larger crews. Trireme oarsmen used leather cushions to slide over the seats, which allowed them to use their leg strength as a modern oarsman does with a sliding seat. Galleys usually had masts and sails, but when about to enter combat would lower them. Greek fleets would also leave their sails and masts on shore (as being unnecessary weight) if possible. This sound uses the following file from Freesound: http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=127006

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