Rope's end

Boys playing Hot Cockles with rope's ends on a sailing ship (1895)

A rope's end was used as a spanking implement mainly for boys and adult sailors aboard ships such as the British Royal Navy.

It was used for lightest on-the-spot punishments and thus a form of unofficial corporal punishment (called cobbing), whereas official punishments were given with more severe implements such as the cat o' nine tails, birch or cane.

The rope's end was either knotted or plain and was given on the boy's or sailor's buttocks.

"Rope's end" is also the root of the name of the South American implement rebenque.

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