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When the English inventor Henry Bessemmer launched his extravagant cure for sea-sickness in 1875 it must have seemed like a sure thing.

After all, the specially designed steam boat was the work of a man renowned as the creator of a process for steel-making that had made him rich and famous in his lifetime, and which still bears his name to this day.

Bessemmer's boat had at its centre a spherical "swinging saloon" that moved independently of the ship, staying comfortably level even as the rest of the boat rocked in the swell. Read full article »

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