The Plimsoll Sensation

By Nicolette Jones.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

Read by Paul Copley.

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0120060703

By Nicolette Jones.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

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

By Nicolette Jones.

1/5.

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.

Read by Paul Copley.

0220060704

By Nicolette Jones.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

2/5.

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.

Then News.

1/5.

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

0320060705

Plimsoll's cause to end the scandalous shipping malpractices of the Victorian era runs into trouble as he faces the wrath of some powerful shipowning MPs.

But public opinion is beginning to swing behind him.

The Plimsoll Sensation

By Nicolette Jones.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

3/5.

Read by Paul Copley.

0420060706

Five years after the beginning of his campaign to put a stop to the scandalous overloading of merchant ships, the long anticipated bill is talked out of Parliament in a cynical attempt not to upset the powerful ship owning MPs.

Samuel Plimsoll spectacularly loses his temper in the House of Commons.

The Plimsoll Sensation

By Nicolette Jones.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

4/5.

Read by Paul Copley.

05 LAST20060707

In the aftermath of the uproar in Parliament following the talking out of the Merchant Shipping Bill, Disraeli realises he has badly misjudged public opinion.

He is forced to make concessions which dramatically alter the life expectancy of the merchant seamen who have for so long needlessly risked their lives at sea.

Finally, the Plimsoll line becomes law.

By Nicolette Jones, read by Paul Copley.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

5/5.