Note: Naval Punishments, 1838

By Edgar K. Thompson, published February 1960


When flogging was abolished in the United States Navy, captains exercised ingenuity in devising forms of punishment for drunkenness and other offences committed aboard ship. Some of these punishments were illegal and even sadistic but they achieved the desired effect. This Note describes the punishments in lieu of flogging that were introduced by Commander Uriah P. Levy when he took over command of U.S.S. Vandalia in 1838.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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