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The "Execution Dock" was located on the Thames in the Wapping area of London, England. It was used by the Admiralty for over 400 years (as late as 1830) to hang pirates that had been convicted by its courts and sentenced to die. The Admiralty only had jurisdiction over crimes on the sea, so the dock was located within their jurisdiction by being located far enough offshore as to be beyond the low-tide mark. It was used to kill the notorius Captain Kidd. Many prisoners would be executed alltogether as a public event in front of a crowd of onlookers after being paraded from the Marshalsea Prison across the London Bridge and past the Tower of London to the dock. Several places exist with the name Thames, and the word is also used as part of several brand and company names Most famous is the River Thames in England, on which the city of London stands Other Thames Rivers There is a Thames River in Canada There is a Thames... Wapping is a place in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. ... Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7,500,000 and a metropolitan area population of between 12 and 14 million. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: England Travel guide to England from Wikitravel English language English law English (people) List of monarchs of England – Kings of England family tree List of English people Angeln (region in northern Germany, presumably the origin of the Angles for whom England is named) UK... Old Admiralty House, Whitehall, London, Thomas Ripley, architect, 1723-26, was not admired by his contemporaries and earned him some scathing couplets from Alexander Pope The Admiralty was historically the authority in the United Kingdom responsible for the command of the Royal Navy. ... 1830 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... This article is about sea pirates. ... William Captain Kidd (1645–May 23, 1701) was a notorious pirate. ... The current London Bridge, viewed from the south-west London Bridge is a bridge over the River Thames, between the City of London and Southwark. ... The Tower of London, seen from the river, with a view of the water gate called Traitors Gate. ...


The convicted were said to do the Marshal's dance because the rope was tried too short to break their necks, so they would 'dance' as they hung and slowly died of asphyxiation. The convicted were paired with a chaplain and encouraged to confess before their execution. After the ceremony, custom was to leave the now dead prisoners hanging so that three tides would wash over their heads before they were taken down. The more egregious offenders were then tarred and hung at Graves Point to warn sailors of what fate would await them if they were to pursue pirate ways. The bodies were tarred so that they would last longer, the tar being a deterrent to animals that would pick at the decaying bodies. Asphyxia is a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body. ... A chaplain is typically a priest or a member of the clergy serving a group of people who are not organized as a mission or church, lay chaplains are also found in some settings such as universities. ...


George Davis and William Watts were the final two people hung for piracy at the docks on December 16, 1830. December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


Execution Dock is located at Wapping Old Stairs, Wapping High Street which can be reached by following the cobbled alleyway alongside the Town of Ramsgate pub.


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