Any thoughts on the popularity of rowing (both canoes and other craft) through time? I'm used to thinking of canoes being paddled. If you wanted to row, you'd get a rowboat or scull. (Paddles are for canoes, oars are for rowboats, duh!) Recently however I read a review of a canoe rigged for rowing, and the reviewer claimed they could make it twice as far in half the time rowing vs paddling even with a double-blade. A bit more digging revealed similar sentiments. So why don't more people row canoes? I gather rowing in general used to be more popular - where there used to be rowboat rentals at the park, now there are kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals. I'm thinking mostly of the last couple hundred years or so and mostly of pleasure boating, but recognizing that many of our boating customs and traditions originate in the working history of each boat, regardless of where it originated, wider musings are welcome. And, how does the above relate to selection of canoes vs Adirondack guide boats through history?