99% Invisible: The Plimsoll Line http://kalw.org en 99 Percent Invisible: A cheer for Samuel Plimsoll http://kalw.org/post/99-percent-invisible-cheer-samuel-plimsoll <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(98, 101, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">If you look at the outer hull of commercial ships, you might find a painted circle bisected with a long horizontal line. This marking is called the load line, or as I prefer, the </span>Plimsoll<span style="color: rgb(98, 101, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"> line. This simple graphic design has saved thousands of lives. The </span>Plimsoll<span style="color: rgb(98, 101, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"> line shows the maximum loading point of the ship and lets a third party know, plainly and clearly, when a vessel is overloaded and at risk of sinking in rough seas. If you see that horizontal line above the water, you’re good, if you don’t, you could be sunk.</span></p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:45:00 +0000 Roman Mars 25927 at http://kalw.org 99 Percent Invisible: A cheer for Samuel Plimsoll