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    This one is quite gruesome. Don’t read it unless you really want the historical details. I have deliberately broken the link to stop you clicking on it. You can thank me later.
    http://www.google.com /books/edition/A_Complete_History_of_the_Most_Remarkabl/e0o8AAAAMAAJ
    1571
    “He was afterwards put on board the Fleet, where, among other Indignities, they fixed him in a Chair, and hoisted him up to the Yard-Arm of a Ship, that so the Deformity of his mangled Visage might be more conspicuous, and be seen by the Christians which were yet in the Port.”

    This does not sound like a normal boatswain’s chair, since he had been (intentionally, badly) injured at that point, and would not have been able to hold on to a rope. It sounds like an actual chair, tied to a rope. However, it is technically a chair tied to a rope, hoisted up to the yardarm of a ship…