The Story of Eliza Ann
Samuel Plimsoll, a social reformer and all around fabulous guy, is celebrated at Waterline Marina Resort. But very few realize the role his spouse, Eliza Ann, played in his greatest invention.
In the late 1800s, it became common practice to load large amounts of cargo onto ships to try to make more money. This would put the ships and crews in great danger, as many vessels sank, and their sailors were lost at sea. On one of his journeys, Samuel Plimsoll boarded his ship sailing from London to Redcar in North Yorkshire, and Eliza Ann began to fear the worst. As she predicted, Samuel’s overloaded ship became caught in a treacherous North Sea storm, its imbalance almost costing him his life. When he returned, Eliza Ann motivated him to find a solution. Their efforts were directed especially against what were known as “coffin ships,” that were often heavily insured, in which unscrupulous owners risked the lives of their crews.
With Eliza Ann by his side, Samuel created the life-saving Plimsoll line used by mariners around the world. The waterline is the line where the hull of a ship meets the surface of the water. Specifically, it indicates the draft of the ship and the legal limit to which a vessel may be loaded for specific water types and temperatures in order to safely maintain buoyancy, particularly with regard to the hazard of waves that may arise. Varying water temperatures will affect a ship’s draft because warm water is less dense than cold water, providing less buoyancy. In the same way, fresh water is less dense than seawater with the same lessening effect upon buoyancy. We hope this has been entertaining for all you physics geeks and budding marine architects.
As you may know, our resort memorializes the woman behind the man at our signature restaurant, Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen. Please visit and enjoy the convivial, comfortable atmosphere accented by an open kitchen, wood-burning grill, cast iron cookware and captain’s table. With a menu inspired by coastal locales, you can expect fresh choices to bridge the heritage of the land and sea.