City of Westminster in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
Born 1824 – died 1898
Erected by the Members
of the National Union of
Seamen. In Grateful
Recognition of His
Services to the
Men of the Sea
Of All Nations
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Labor Unions • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 51° 30.32′ N, 0° 7.382′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London County. Marker is at the intersection of Victoria Embankment and Horse Guards Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Victoria Embankment. Located on the wall of Victoria Gardens. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: City of Westminster, England SW1A 2EF, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Tyndale (within shouting distance of this marker); Queen Mary's Steps, Whitehall Palace (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Charles G. Gordon CB (about 90 meters away); Royal Tank Regiment Memorial (about 120 meters away); The Viscount Portal of Hungerford Sir Joseph Bazalgette CB (about 120 meters away); The Gurkha Soldier (about 150 meters away); Royal Air Force Memorial (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of Westminster.
Regarding Samuel Plimsoll. In the 1860s, after increased loss of ships due to overloading, Plimsol took up the cause in Parliament. In 1876 the United Kingdom Merchant Shipping Act required all ships to have markings indicating the amount of freeboard (the hull above the water) with various loads aboard. These markings are called “Plimsoll Marks” and since 1930 are required by international agreement for all ocean-going vessels.
Also see . . .
1. Samuel Plimsoll on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 29, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. "Plimsoll Marks" or Waterline on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 29, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.