Keel hauling is what we do to skalliwags who ask too many questions on the ship.
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.
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.
by kimberlyslyrics6 years ago
Is it enough punishment to help safeguard our children? Not to mention our adults?As often as rape occurs, sex offenders still do less time in prison than drug traffickers.Given we know sex offenders attack...
by theirishobserver.7 years ago
I have just conducted and published an exclusive interview with a convicted sex offender, this is about educating the public about the realities of what is goin on.....begging the question....is there room in society...
by kverdasmith7 years ago
Slugs slugs slugs, I live where there are slugs. I know all the usual punishments but they are...as prolific as the grains of sands on our beaches. Is there a particular food they DON"T like?
by Annie6 years ago
Does the punishment always fit the crime?Sometimes you just have to wonder about this world in which we live,
by sonyiat7 years ago
If my truck driver is hauling a chemical to another factory and it's not hazardous does he need...a placard anyway?
by Anuththara Ekeli19 months ago
How to change perceptions in parents so that physical punishment is seen as socially unacceptable?
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