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In Irons for getting drunk' from 'A Sailor's Progress
The regular rations of alcohol in the Royal Navy, especially rum, often led to drunkeness among sailors. Drink was a major cause of crime and indiscipline. Drunken sailors were usually put in irons until sober. Later, they would usually receive a flogging, generally of about one or two dozen lashes, unless guilty of more serious crimes, when a court martial would follow.
George Cruikshank after Lieutenant John Sheringham
Original size: 118 mm x 122 mm
- Image reference: PU0157
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London