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Execution at Sea: Hanging at the yardarm

Oil painting of a sailor hanging by his neck from an old sailing ship yardarm

PortandTerminal.com, February 13, 2020 HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA – In the Royal Navy, hanging was the ultimate punishment for desertion, mutiny against the fleet as well other high crimes and it was a brutal affair. Being a capital punishment, sailors could not be sentenced to hanging without an official Court Martial. Here, they were given an opportunity to plead their case in …

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