What Caused So Much Seasickness on Steamships?


Eating on a shipboard is a constant temptation, as the salt air gives every healthy person an appetite. One of the principal causes of seasickness or physical discomfort during the voyage is the tendency among all passengers to overeat.

It would help if you remembered that you get minimal exercise on the shipboard. The combination of less exercise than you are accustomed to and a more significant amount of food is apt to add to what little tendency to seasickness everyone has when leaving the land and going upon a constantly moving ship.

You cannot avoid a day or two of seasickness at sea. Still, several ordinary precautions may be taken before sailing. These are clear to anyone who will think the matter over.

They consist in care in eating for a week or so before the voyage, in exercise, and a practical attempt to get the digestion in good condition. Once you have left port, avoid eating H6 much as you are accustomed to on land. Do not cat between meals and keep reasonable hours.

There is always a tendency to sleep in the sea air, and indulging in this as far as possible is well. However, each traveler should lay out a certain amount of exercise for himself, as the means of exercise are limited on shipboard and are confined practically to walking and playing some game adapted to the ship's deck.


Passengers on the Promenade Deck Taking In The Fresh Open Air on the Prinzessin Victoria Luise of the Hamburg-American Line, 1908.

Passengers on the Promenade Deck Taking In The Fresh Open Air on the Prinzessin Victoria Luise of the Hamburg-American Line, 1908. GGA Image ID # 1ffca4e4d3


It has become a custom for many persons to lay out a certain number of miles daily, which they will walk back and forth on the promenade deck. Such walking only amounts to a little if three or four, or perhaps five, miles a day are covered.

This may be done by measuring the promenade deck and determining how often you must walk the length. Some walking should be done regularly in the morning, some in the afternoon, and a little in the evening before retiring.

There have been recently some experiments with what are called bilge-keel boats. The bilge keel is a species of tin placed along the bilge on either side of the boat, and as the steamer rolls, these fins tend to counteract the movement from side to side.

Some steamships on different lines have been fitted up with these bilge keels. To a certain extent, the reports of many travelers testify to the greater stability of these boats. However, the best antidote for seasickness Is constant exercise on the open-air deck and a certain amount of temperance in eating.


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1911 Advertisement: Mothersill's Seasick Remedy Sure Cure | Sure Preventative.

1911 Advertisement: Mothersill's Seasick Remedy Sure Cure | Sure Preventative. North German Lloyd Bulletin, October 1911. GGA Image ID # 1ffc54452b


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