February 10, 2017

February 10, Plimsoll Waterline Day

Samuel Plimsoll (10 February 1824 – 3 June 1898) was a British MP best remembered for his campaign against the execrable practice by some shipping magnates of buying unseaworthy vessels, literally from the salvage yard, outfitting them with a crew, and then deliberately overloading them, but not before insuring them heavily against loss. He insisted that markings be made on the hull to indicate the maximum safe load. According to NOAA, Plimsoll lines are used until this day.


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