About PortCities Southampton
Welcome to PortCities Southampton, brought to you by Plimsoll -
the digital maritime archive.
We hope that PortCities Southampton will become your first port
of call for shipping information. Whether you wish to expand your
knowledge, conduct research or simply satisfy curiosity about the
social history of the 1930s and 1940s, we will offer you a rich
online experience. more...
We are part of the PortCities consortium, a group of UK museums,
archives and libraries who have come together to open up access to
their collections on the internet. All this is made possible by a
grant from the New Opportunities Fund. more...
The Plimsoll Project Partnership brings together institutions
with exceptional and important collections on maritime history.
Southampton City Council, Lloyd's Register, London Metropolitan
Archives, National Maritime Museum and World Ship Society. more...
Plimsoll is also named after Samuel Plimsoll, MP for Derby
1868-80. He proposed a mark - the load line - on every British ship
to show the maximum amount of cargo that it could carry. It became
known as the 'Plimsoll line'. By law it is fixed on the side of
ships to this day. His work to protect lives at sea led to his
nickname, the "sailor's friend". more...
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