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Plimsoll Day and the Rites of Spring

posted Mar 6, 2017, 6:20 PM by CLSA Sailing   [ updated Mar 12, 2017, 1:08 PM ]
Join us on Sunday, March 19th at 1pm at the CLSA Pavilion! Bring a beverage and a snack and we'll provide a roaring fire and lots of fun!

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Plimsoll Day and Rites of Spring honors two events of sailing historical significance: (1) Samuel Plimsoll (Feb. 10, 1824— June 3, 1898) advocated for a bill in the English parliament, named the Unseaworthy Ships Bill, passed in 1876, that required a mark be present on a ship’s hull to indicate the waterline at which maximum cargo capacity was reached for the vessel. His efforts were credited for saving the lives of many sailors.(2) Because the official Plimsoll Day is somewhat close to the end of winter, CLSA's Plimsoll Day and Rites of Spring event also pays tribute to Bob Turner, an Annapolis boat builder, who in the spring of 1978 was especially tired of winter and his winter socks. According to baltimoremagazine.net, one day near the start of spring, "after work, Turner invited his fellow employees at Proctor Masts USA outside, cracked some Budweisers, and lit his socks on fire." This end-of winter sock-burning practice grew on the East Coast, and CLSA has brought this tradition to Clinton Lake.  For more information on the tradition of sock burning, click here.