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About PortCities Southampton

Welcome to PortCities Southampton, brought to you by Plimsoll - the digital maritime archive.

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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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