Rope's end

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Rope's end

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.

Spanking implements

Spanking furniture  •  Spanking implements  •  Spanking positions
Flat spanking implements
Stick-like spanking implements
Other spanking implements
Whipping implements include
Some spanking implements produce more "sting" while others produce more "thud".
See sting and thud for more on this distinction.


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