In the days of Wooden Ships and Iron Men, to put him in bed with the captain’s daughter meant to flog him with the cat o’ nine tails.
Wikipedia: The naval cat, also known as the captain’s daughter (as in principle it was only used under his authority), weighed about 13 ounces (370 grams) and was composed of a baton (handle) and nine cords. Contrary to popular belief, the standard cat was not the most feared implement; being made of rope, it was less painful than a leather whip or a wooden birch-rod, while the modes of application (number and intensity of lashes, anatomical target, baring) of any implement can be more important than its intrinsic potential.
Now what shall we do in the days of Iron Ships and Wooden Men?

Written by Bill Olen
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