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Plimsoll mark

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Plimsoll mark. This name for the load line is derived from Mr. Samuel Plimsoll, a British politician, who strongly advocated measures to cease the practice of overloading vessels and placing the lives of the seamen on board in grave danger.

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In 1876 this action resulted in legislation being enacted in the United Kingdom, and this brought the desired result and the Merchant Shipping Act was amended accordingly. 

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