Samuel Plimsoll, Esq., M.P. ('The Sailors' Friend.')
The London Sketch-Book. London: January, 1875.
Photograph, 115 x 90mm, mounted on newssheet. Part of photograph detached.
M.P. for Derby, whose six-year campaign against overloaded 'coffin-ships' (over-insured and then deliberately overloaded in the hope of collecting insurance money) resulted in the 1876 Merchant Shipping Act. This introduced the 'Plimsoll Line', a load line reflecting a vessel's buoyancy.
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