History’s Most Terrifying Ways of Punishing People


12. Keelhauling

Keelhauling is said to have been a popular form of torture in the Dutch Navy. Though it was intended to be fatal it often ended that way for the victim.

The accused would be hung by their waist down to the hull of the ship that was normally covered in barnacles, the victim would often be cut severely by them, thus producing blood that attracted sea predators.

Another risk in keelhauling was the head trauma experienced by the accused as their head would occasionally knock against the ship.

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