Back during the ancient world and the Middle Ages the ship represented the pinnacle of the military. The ship was a sacred thing, and as time went by it was those who ruled the waves that became the most powerful nations. But during The Age of Discovery when ships were discovering new worlds and crossing vast oceans, life was tough for sailors. The Age of Discovery was also an era of mutiny. When an aggrieved crew turned against their captain all h e l l could break loose and there was nowhere to hide. That’s why some particularly horrifying punishments were reserved for out-of-control sailors. Welcome to Keelhauling.
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