On the "Walking the Plank" wiki page is this excerpt:
And so the surname "Wood" is an addition to the "Wooden/Boats ... Theme" pattern-cluster.
only one notable person is mentioned in the text:
The phrase is recorded in English lexicographer Francis Grose's Dictionary...First of all, note the cryptic communication in his name re "frank gross"... in other words "big fat blunt/to the point truth" !! Note from his wiki page:
Francis Grose (b. before 11 June 1731 – 12 June 1791)He died one day after his birthday... for one. As a second, my step granddaughter's birthday is June 12; my birthday is June 13... and the birthday of soon to be inaugurated as President of the US, Donald Trump, is June 14. Hence we now have a "June 11, 12(x2), 13, 14/Date Sequence" pattern-cluster.
There is another notable person mentioned on the Walking the Plank wiki page, butt he's the artist of the image that wiki put up along with the article:
Pirates' captive walking the plank
(illustration by Howard Pyle)
- Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853 – November 9, 1911