Church boat, ”kirkkovene”, is a traditional Finnish long rowing boat, which carried our ancestors almost every Sunday sometimes tremendously long distances to the holy mass. The early model for the Finnish church boats was the large boats of Scandinavian Vikings. Since the Reformation in the seventeenth century, the maintaining of the boats was demanded by the Church.
Today the boats are used for fun ecological exercise, sightseeing and races. The rowing boats carry 14 oarsmen (one oar each) and a cox steering the boat.
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