used by some Naval Captains as an extreme form of punishment. It comes from a particularly severe act of dragging the victim slowly through the water from one side of a vessel to the other; literally under the keel. If that were not bad enough, before ships were fitted with copper plate, the keels could be full of barnacles and such like rendering cuts to the skin on the way.
By SailingQuiz September 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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