By Nicolette Jones.
The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.
The sailor's friend, Samuel Plimsoll, is elected MP for Derby and pledges to "do all in my power to put an end to the unseaworthy ships owned by the greedy and the unscrupulous".
Although Parliament is slow to respond to his call, the press take up his case after the horrors of the Bridlington Gale.
Read by Paul Copley.
In 1876, the Board of Trade recorded that 856 British merchant ships were lost within ten miles of the British coast in conditions that were no worse than a strong breeze.
However, successive governments did little to protect the lives of merchant seamen or combat various shipping malpractices.
Samuel Plimsoll, the sailor's friend, was the philanthropist whose tireless campaigning finally saved hundreds of lives.
But though he was lauded by the public he faced obstruction and ridicule, both in parliament and from the powerful ship owners of the time.
The Plimsoll Sensation