Samuel Plimsoll, English social reformer, 1873.

 
Samuel Plimsoll, English social reformer, 1873.
4 0 c m
 
28cm
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm

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Caricature of Samuel Plimsoll (1824-1898), also known as 'The Sailors' Friend', from 'Vanity Fair' magazine. Plimsoll was born in Bristol and established himself as a coal merchant in London in 1853. He was MP for Derby from 1868-80, and in 1876 succeeded in pasing the Merchant Shipping Act. This act meant that every ship owner had to mark a circle on the side of their ship with a horizontal line drawn throught its centre - the Plimsoll line - down to which the vesel could be loaded. Plimsoll was president of the Sailors' and Firemen's Union in 1890 and published numerous articles on merchant shipping.

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10400246

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