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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Nathaniel Philbrick

Nantucketers had what they considered a sure-fire cure for seasickness, a treatment more delicate mortals might have considered even worse than the malady. The cure?




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The sufferer was made to swallow a piece of pork fat tied to a string, which was then pulled back up again. If the symptons returned, the process was repeated. The sufferer is directed to walk the bowsprit, lie down face-forward, and allow the salt spray to cleanse the visage until symptoms pass the sufferer is hoisted from the deck by the ankles whereupon the sickness leaves them. Lower-class sailors are assigned the task of hoisting and clean-up. They are confined to quarters for the duration and everyone on board speaks ill of them upon their return.
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