Interesting People - Samuel Plimsol

Samuel Plimsoll was an English politician and social reformer: He is best remembered for having devised the Plimsoll line, which is the line on a ship's hull to show safe loading limits.

(He is credited for having saved thousands of lives, through tireless campaigning against shipping interests, and became known as the "sailor's friend".

Plimsoll Day on 10 February is marked in various parts of the UK, and there are memorial statues of him on Victoria Embankment in London and in Bristol. A blue plaque marks one of the houses where he lived in Folkestone, and 15 towns around the UK have streets named after him.  That said, most Brits have never heard of him.)