In earlier times, the term for this occupation was 'galley slave.'
Jean Valjean, the galley slave of almost a score of years, escapes and lives an honest life.
"I should look well as a galley slave," remarked Jack, laughing.
With brutal insult, they chained him to the oar as a galley slave.
A galley slave carried the noble lady on his shoulders as he swam to shore.
You must have worked like a galley slave getting everything ready for the race.
He had promised never to sacrifice his brother; the promise held him like the fetters of a galley slave.
Here, at thirty, the unlucky adventurer sat down to toil like a galley slave.
Intensely ambitious, she worked like a galley slave and soon mastered French so that she wrote it with ease and vigor.
When the great reformer was a galley slave they gave him the image to worship. '