Samuel Plimsoll
(1824-1898)

Died aged c. 74

Samuel Plimsoll (10 February 1824 – 3 June 1898) was an English politician and social reformer, now best remembered for having devised the Plimsoll line (a line on a ship's hull indicating the maximum safe draught, and therefore the minimum freeboard for the vessel in various operating conditions).

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Commemorated on 4 plaques

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Samuel Plimsoll's House. Directly opposite this plaque was the childhood home of Samuel Plimsoll (1824-1898) who went on to achieve national renown in 1875 with the embodiment in law of the Uniform Loading Line (The Plimsoll Line). In the same year a new type of canvas sole with a rubber band was named 'Plimsoll' in his honour.

Regent St, Sheffield, United Kingdom where they lived

Samuel Plimsoll "The Sailors' Friend" While staying in a house on this site he was inspired to invent the Plimsoll Line a safety mark for loading ships in 1876

?, Redcar, United Kingdom where they stayed

Coal Merchant and Politician Samuel Plimsoll 1824-1898. Sloping Coal Chute 1859. Kings Cross Coal Depot 1866. Plimsoll Line 1875.

Anchor Road, Bristol, United Kingdom where they lived near

Samuel Plimsoll originator of the load line known as the Plimsoll Line on ships. Born at 9 Colston Parade, Bristol on February 1824. Member of Parliament 1868 to 1880. In 1872 published "Our Seamen - an appeal" in which he shewed that a large proportion of sailors in the Merchant Service who perished at sea lost their lives from preventable causes such as overloading. Initiated and carried through almost single handed The Merchant Shipping Act of 1876. Died at Folkestone in 1898 buried at Cheriton a village nearby.

Anchor Road, Bristol, United Kingdom where they lived near