Saw a bumper sticker that said have you flogged your crew today. what does that mean?

I heard that phrase years ago and saw it used on stuff for pleasure yachts in the late eighties or early nineties. It was meant as a joke then. A reminder not to be a Bligh about stuff, to relax about rigging a little and enjoy sailing a bit more.

(Captain Bligh was actually a remakable Captain and a phenomenal navigator. His journey in an open boat after the loss of the Bounty to mutiny is an amazing feat even today. He did not really deserve the bad press he got)

Flogging was the standard form of punishment back in the day aboard sailing ships. The Captain would usually assign a mate to administer the punishment to the seaman who had been at fault. Flogging was the whipping of the sailor with a “cat-o-nine tails”, a whip with nine knotted ends to it. Most sailors passed out after 5 or 6 lashes, and 10 was the usual punishment. It is unknown how many died from the subsequent infections of the many lacerations they received.
Flogging was outlawed in the US Navy in the mid 1800’s.

The bumper sticker was a misguided attempt at humor.

It’s an old maritime reference.

Captains would flog disobedient cremen.

Sorta like whipping.


Slang for “Have you spanked your children today.” I don’t know why anyone would want to post such a message, but that is what it means.


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