Learning to Row from Theodore Roosevelt

Rowing was a common means for effective transportation prior to the automobile. Can we learn anything from the Rowing Stroke of the past?

The Egyptians buried models of a rowing vessels in the tombs of Pharaohs

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Washington rowed across the Delaware.

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Theodore Roosevelt rowed for recreation as well as to catch criminals in the badlands of Dakotas.

Are there lessons to be learned from the rowing stroke of our ancestors?