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.
These are a spearman, who is also a captain, a pilot, and two oarsmen.
They are manned by six or eight oarsmen, and are supposed to carry about four tons of merchandise.
The oarsmen stop, in hopes he will order the boat to return to shore.
The oarsmen work at day in the harbor, but the law compels them to pass the night on board.
So they took the place of the oarsmen in the black boat, and trailed the other behind.
François gave a few quick orders and the oarsmen swung hard upon one side.
The master of the Olenia had turned away and was about to give an order to his oarsmen.