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A fact A Day

pierre_pierre
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A fact A Day

thought you might like this one from Woodlands School  http://www.projectbritain.com/calendar/february.html
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Plimsoll Line
Samuel Plimsoll was born on 10 February 1824. He was very interested in safety at sea and condemned ship owners who risked sailors' lives by dangerously overloading their vessels with cargo.
Samuel discovered that nearly 1,000 sailors a year were being drowned on ships around British shores because ships were being overloaded. He headed a campaign to require that vessels bear a load line marking indicating when they were overloaded, hence ensuring the safety of crew and cargo.
image: plimsol lineWhat is a Plimsoll Line?
The plimsoll line (also known as a Load Line or the International Load line) is the marking on a ship's hull that shows how low or high the ship is resting in the water. By examining the plimsoll line you can tell the depth to which a vessel may be safely (and legally) loaded. The marking is now mandatory and international.

Oh and this this my 10000 post
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For the landlubbers, who may not know what it looks like... view this
http://www.zgapa.pl/zgapedia/data_pictures/_uploads_wiki/b/Brosen_plimsoll_line1.jpg
pierre_pierre
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time for you to go over the side in your chair with a paint pot Cheesy Cheesy
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Yeah, at least the owners had the foresight to weld it to the ships side, instead of just painting it on.... even if it isn`t painted white,(or black) it can stil provide the load line and keep the ship, and crew, safe.
pierre_pierre
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and nobody noticed this (or did they)