Execution Dock

Execution Dock LondonThose found guilty of piracy were once taken to Execution Dock along the Thames for a very public and painful death by hanging. The corpses were  then chained to a stake and held in place until three tides had washed over them. The most famous pirate to reach his end at Execution Dock was Captain Kidd who was found guilty of murder and piracy in 1701. His body was tarred and displayed in an iron cage hung over the River Thames as a warning to others. The actual location of Execution Dock is disputed, but a reminder can be found behind the historic Prospect of Whitby Pub in Wapping.