Cat-o'-nine-tails The cat o' nine tails is a type of multi-tailed whip that originated as an implement for severe physical punishment, The term first appears in 1695 although the design is much older. The cat is made up of nine knotted thongs of cotton cord, about 2 1⁄2 feet or 76 cm long, designed to lacerate the skin and cause intense pain. formal punishments ordered by captains were administered ceremonially on deck, the crew being summoned to witness punishment.
The Most Audacious Australian Prison Break of 1876
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