"If he’d liked to tell what he knew one of the men would have been strung up for mutiny on the high seas"

The ship from Mutiny on the Bounty in St. Petersburg Florida
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Mutiny on the high seas is a crime involving the overthrow of the authority on a ship by a group of like-minded people, usually military.

Until 1998, mutiny and failing to report or suppress a mutiny were theoretically punishable by death in the UK (although no executions had been carried out for several decades), but section 21 of the new Human Rights Act abolished all forms of the death penalty in the UK.