A cure for sea-sickness


     “I can turn you all up without that,” said Bill.  “This seasickness, it’s just nothing.  Chewing tobacco ain’t got nothing to do with it.  Shall I tell you how they cure me?  ‘Don’t you never hold in,’ they said.  ‘Get it over the side and feel better,’ they said.  And the way they cure me was bacon fat.  Have you got any bacon fat?”
     “Yes,” said Peggy.
     “Well, you wants a bit of string,” said Bill.  Then you ties the string to the biggest bit of bacon fat you can swallow.  Then you swallows it, keeping a hold on the other end of the string.  Then you…”
     There was a noise of scuffling up the ladder and out of the forehatch.

     —   from Peter Duck, by Arthur Ransome

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Seasickness is serious, or so they tell me.  Fortunately, as Noel Davis would say, I am not never seasick, but luckily, not yet seasick.  (Better to not anger King Neptune by boasting.)  Last week there was a good discussion of physical causes and cures on the FurledSails podcast; John Neal of Mahina Expeditions has done a great deal of practical research on the subject, and his findings can be found here.

Life at SEA has also recently posted on this topic, with more practical tips.

If you do get sick, try to be cheered by remembering that even Admiral Lord Nelson was always wretchedly ill on the first few days of a voyage.

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