Blood money

What does "Blood money" mean?

Today it means: Proceeds from a bad deed.

This was a sailors nickname for what was officially called bounty money which was monies paid to crews for capturing enemy vessels. The money paid to crews was based on the number of enemy sailors killed in combat and not on the value of the ship captured. That went to the officers; a major reason for joining the Royal Navy. Blood money, for sailors, was probably the more accurate term.

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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