Mystery person answer
Anyone work out the quiz question in my last post? The man from Bristol who links the sea with sports shoes is Samuel Plimsoll (1824-98).
The 'Plimsoll line' was an important reform which helped to improve sea safety. It forced ship-owners to paint a line on the hull of a ship, indicating how high it was in the water. This prevented the overloading cargo, a major cause of fatal accidents. The Plimsoll line was internationally adopted and is still in use today.
The connection with sports shoes? In British English a certain type of gym shoe is called a plimsoll
reform - change in the law
cargo - goods carried by ships
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