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GUEST,Stavanger Bill BS: Swing a cat - origins (36) RE: BS: Swing a cat - origins 26 Oct 01

I would tend to go for the nautical cat o' nine tails. In the Royal Navy if a man was sentenced to be flogged, the routine was that he was put in leg irons and given a length of rope from which he had to make the cat. The following morning at the appointed time hands would be mustered to witness punishment. Today both watches of the hands are still mustered to hear punishment warrants read before the offender.

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