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Samuel Plimsoll (1824-1898)

Samuel Plimsoll (1824-1898) was elected Liberal MP for Derby in 1868. He became concerned with the safety of merchant seamen working on overloaded, insanitary and unseaworthy ships and wrote a book 'Our Merchant Seamen', which he presented to every delegate at the 1873 TUC Congress. The 1876 Merchant Shipping Act, sponsored by Plimsoll and supported by the TUC Parliamentary Committee, introduced the 'Plimsoll Line' to protect seamen from the hazards of overloaded ships.

Title Samuel Plimsoll 1876
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Production Date 1876
Format Engraving
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Holding Institution TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University
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