The tribute was originally designed as a revenue source to pay the wages of the oarsmen who kept the Persians away.
An 1882 travel guide calls it “a good place for oarsmen and campers to picnic,” with a hotel called the White Cross.
They were to sail in their own hired ship, for such was the custom, and the ship was ready with her oarsmen.
The master of the Olenia had turned away and was about to give an order to his oarsmen.
They are manned by six or eight oarsmen, and are supposed to carry about four tons of merchandise.
Perth urged the oarsmen in the captain's gig to the most tremendous exertion.
The oarsmen work at day in the harbor, but the law compels them to pass the night on board.
The oarsmen attempted to obey this order, and to beat off their pursuers.
François gave a few quick orders and the oarsmen swung hard upon one side.
At this command the oarsmen levelled and feathered their oars.