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     A cat-o'-nine-tails was a whip consisting of a short wooden handle to which were attached nine short leather cords, each having with nine knots tied in their lengths. Utilized more by the British than the Patriots, the giving of up to fifty lashes on a criminal's back with the cat-o'-nine-tails was not uncommon.

"Monsier Sneaking Gallantly Into Brest’s Sulking Hole…" by W. Richardson
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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