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What does the nautical term "Keelhaul" mean and what is it's origin?

Dennis, Jeff and Anthony are all dead on--so to speak.

According to the navy, a naval punishment on board ships is said to have originated with the Dutch but adopted by other navies during the 15th and 16th centuries. A rope was rigged from yard arm to yard arm, passing under the bottom of the ship, and the unfortunate delinquent secured to it, sometines with lead or iron weights attached to his legs. He was hoisted up to one yard arm and then dropped suddenly into the sea, hauled underneath the ship, and hoisted up to the opposite yard arm, the punishment being repeated after he had had time to recover his breath. While he was under water, a "great gun" was fired, "which is done as well to astonish him so much the more the thunder of the shot, as to give warning until all others of the fleet to look out and be wary by his harms". 

 

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As a form of punishment in the old days, a crew member would be attached to a line somewhere near the middle. He was then thrown overboard. The crew pulled him from both gunwales under the boat and marched to the stern, where if he was lucky he...

As a form of punishment in the old days, a crew member would be attached to a line somewhere near the middle. He was then thrown overboard. The crew pulled him from both gunwales under the boat and marched to the stern, where if he was lucky he would surface and be pulled aboard. That was rarely the result.

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Keelhauling is a form of punishment: A rope is tied to the punished one, the other end of the rope is sunk under the keel of the ship/boat and brought up the other side then tied to the prisoner. Men then pull the undesirable person down into the...

Keelhauling is a form of punishment: A rope is tied to the punished one, the other end of the rope is sunk under the keel of the ship/boat and brought up the other side then tied to the prisoner. Men then pull the undesirable person down into the water, drag them across the bottom of the boat - which is usually covered in barnacles - and then up the other side. Usually one trip is enough to discourage whatever bad behaviour that caused the Keel Hauling in the first place and enough to encourage the best behaviour from the everyone else!<br />Sounds like fun...

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Keel hauling was a punishment, a rope was put under the ship from side to side, the person being punished was thrown into the water and pulled under the keel to the other side, if he lived he was innosent!

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