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From ‘Plymouth & Plymouth Dock Weekly Journal’- 27th March 1823

Sea sickness, so they said in 1823, was not caused so much by the motion of the ship or vessel, but on a certain motion made by a human body, induced by a sort of almost involuntary endeavour to accommodate oneself to the ship’s motion. Voyagers, who hold fast by the ropes or sides of the ship so as to move with all its motions, and, in fact, make themselves for the time, as it were, a part of the moving vessel, are less subject to it than others who sit down at their ease in a chair. An experienced traveller, in writing on the above subject, says that he could keep off the evil entirely by holding fast the rudder, or sides of any vessel in which he happened to be, on the very first indication of nausea.

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