What was "keel hauling"?

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  1. Several Ninjas profile image77
    Several Ninjasposted 6 years ago

    What was "keel hauling"?

  2. WD Curry 111 profile image61
    WD Curry 111posted 6 years ago


    Keel hauling is what we do to skalliwags who ask too many questions on the ship.

  3. syzygyastro profile image79
    syzygyastroposted 6 years ago

    In the days of the old square riggers, a naval punishment for a disobedient and subordinate ship mate was ordered to be keel hauled among other punishments. This was a rather severe punishment meant for crimes such as attempted mutiny. The feet of the offenders were tied with two separate ropes and his hands in some cases, bound behind the back. The offender was then cast over the bow (front of the ship). and then crew members on the starboard and port sides (right and left beams), would walk from the bow to the stern, holding the ropes that held the offender while the offender was dragged along the keel underwater for the length of the ship, bow to stern or visa versa. The offender was then hauled up alive or dead. This was done as an example to the rest of the crew to toe the line. In some instances, the offender would be attacked and devoured by sharks during the process, which often happened when scraped off skin along barnacle encrusted keels caused bleeding.

  4. Historia profile image79
    Historiaposted 6 years ago

    Sailors used to face severe punishments if they behaved badly.

    Keel-hauling was a fairly common form of punishment for severe crimes on board ship during the 16th and 17th centuries. A rope was passed from one end of the main yard (the spar that ran across the mast holding up the square mainsail) then below the ship and up to the other end of the main yard . The victim was tied to the rope, with weights fixed to his body, and dragged to and fro beneath the ship from one side to the other. A gun was often fired while he was under the water, to frighten him still more, and his body would get torn and bruised by the marine growth on the hull of the vessel. At the beginning of the 18th century, keel-hauling was replaced by the cat o'nine tails, a knotted rope with nine ends, with which the victim was whipped.


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