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Samuel Plimsoll of Folkestone

History of Folkestone
  • Historical
  • birth: Feb 10, 1824

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

He died in Folkestone in 1898 and is buried in St. Martin's Church Yard in Cheriton. The Plimsoll line symbol is marked on his headstone.

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