Severe and Physical Punishment Necessary in Ships in the Royal Navy
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It seems clear that the notoriety of the Royal Navy has been somewhat embellished. As D. Pope remarks, an offence committed at sea may result in a flogging, however ‘his brother on land’ may ‘spend a year in jail or be transported for life’ he claims that this ‘provides some much-needed perspective on discipline in the Navy’. Whilst this may be true, contemporary sources clearly demonstrate that unnecessary violence did occur, perhaps best shown by John Smiths appeal to the court. This seems to illustrate that due to the subjective nature of punishment within the Navy the degree of violence ‘did vary greatly’. However, the court-martial of Captain Corbet clearly confirms that ‘it was not tolerated’. It was also true, that flogging was justified due to the Navy’s preference of it instead implementing a court-martial; this was due to the lack of a coherent ideology in operating a hearing.
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