On board there is a separate hierarchy. Since pirates operate as an organization, it can be considered a kind of profession, but if it is an organized profession, there must be a rule. Everyone must obey the law and if there are individuals who object, they will be punished immediately. History has not seen any record of sailors going on board to enter the water, but two or three places show that there is a more frightening method of punishment, keel-hauling, roughly translated as dragging along the keel.
The sanctioned person will be tied to a rope, pulled from side to side or from top to bottom. The person either drowned, or was raked to tears by oysters on the bottom of the boat, or bumped his head into the hard spot and sustained lasting damage. The Dutch Navy once officially applied this punishment, but the number of incidents is very rare due to its brutal nature.
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