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Cat o’ nine tails whip

Date made: 1850-1900

Date collected: unknown

Material: leather|rope

Period: Victorian

Accession number: F7450

A cat o’ nine tails, a whip with nine strands of rope, used to punish sailors in the Royal Navy in Napoleonic and Victorian times. Sailors were brought on deck for the punishment (known as a flogging) which was carried out in front of the whole crew.

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