1893 text

A salt eel is a rope’s end cut from the piece to be used on the back of a culprit. “Yeow shall have salt eel for supper” is an emphatic threat.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

2 Annotations

TerryF  •  Link

"A salt eel. A rope’s end, used for scourging. At one time eelskins were used for whips [to correct boys, &c. at sea]."
“With my salt eele, went down in the parler, and there got my boy and did beat him.”—Pepys Diary (April 24th [1663]). http://www.bartleby.com/81/5655.html

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

eel, it doth dull a sharp knife very quickly, 'tis tougher than a cane and doth have more flex to get around the victim to ensure that the weal be uniform from start to finish.

Log in to post an annotation.

If you don't have an account, then register here.


Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.