|A 18th Century Cat o’ Nine Tails|
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Flogging Not Allowed!
The captain had Congressional authority to suppress “immorality and vice of all kinds” against forfeiture of wages “together with everything belonging to him or them on board the said vessel.” For every day a man was absent without leave he forfeited three days wages; if he was absent for more than 48 hours he also had to pay the wages of a seaman hired to replace him.
On the good side, flogging was not allowed.