Plimsoll line

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From Samuel Plimsoll, Bristol merchant and member of Parliament; promoter of the Merchant Shipping Act.

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Plimsoll line (plural Plimsoll lines)

  1. (nautical) Properly the International Load Line, a mark on the hull of a merchant ship to show the waterline under specified conditions. The line shows the maximum capacity load the ship may carry.

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