Plimsoll Gear


New Casual Apparel Line
As with ships, when we as individuals are in balance we feel safe and prepared to weather life's storms, everyday challenges and circumstances.

The Plimsoll Mark—also known as the load line, the waterline and the mark of safety—is a prominent set of markings located on the outer hull of ocean going cargo ships to indicate the heaviest it can be safely laden and still maintain stability. Only after a ship is properly balanced is it regarded safe to go to sea.

Samuel Plimsoll 1824-1898 was a member of Parliament in Britain who fought against unsafe maritime practices, specifically the overloading of ships. His efforts led to the passage of the Merchant Shipping Act in 1876 which required ships to have marks indicating safe load lines. The Plimsoll Mark as seen on ships to this day is the result of Plimsoll's unrelenting efforts to raise safety standards and to protect life at sea for the merchant mariner.

The letters on the Plimsoll Mark signify: LTF: Lumber, Tropical, Fresh; LF: Lumber, Fresh; LT: Lumber, Tropical; LS: Lumber, Summer; LW: Lumber, Winter; LWNA: Lumber, Winter, North Atlantic; LR: Lloyds Register of Shipping; TF: Tropical Fresh Water Mark; F: Fresh Water Mark; T: Tropical Load Line; S: Summer Load Line; W: Winter Load Line; WNA: Winter Load Line, North Atlantic

D.J. Femia Leeuwenburg - Founder of PLIMSOLL GEAR®
Monument in Bristol, England
As the wife of a retired Merchant Mariner, now Marine Cargo Surveyor, D.J. Femia Leeuwenburg, of Morehead City, North Carolina, became familiar with the Plimsoll Mark. D.J. created PLIMSOLL GEAR®, the new casual apparel company. D.J. and Charles grew up in the North Carolina coastal port towns of Morehead City and Wilmington.

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