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Ladies and gentlemen, a special occasion to honour a great man and meet interesting people, maybe make new friends;

You are warmly invited to a MEMORIAL SERVICE to commemorate

the life of SAMUEL PLIMSOLL (10 February 1824-3 June 1898)

You are also invited to a celebratory MUSIC HALL EVENING in honour of Samuel Plimsoll, both events are free.

Samuel Plimsoll  was a resident of Folkestone was a saver of lives and champion of sailors, he gave his name to the ‘Plimsoll line’ which to this day is a standard loading mark on most of the world’s shipping.

 Saturday 9 February 2013 at 3pm at St Martin’s Church, Horn Street, Cheriton, Kent, CT203JJ,

followed by the laying of a wreath on Samuel Plimsoll’s grave in the churchyard.

And also to tea and cakes in the church after the service at 4pm.

Please RSVP to Gordon Frickers at gordonfrickers@nullyahoo.co.uk , I have been asked to pass on your reply to the organiser.

You are also invited to a celebratory MUSIC HALL EVENING in honour of Samuel Plimsoll

at 7.30pm on the same day at the United Reformed Church, Folkestone,

CT20 2QL (close by Folkestone Central Station),

which Samuel Plimsoll attended, and for which he laid one of the foundation stones.

Both events are free, but both will have a retiring collection for the RNLI and Kent Merchant Navy Association

If you know others who would like to attend either or both these events,

feel free to pass on email addresses, or to include them in your RSVP.

All are welcome to both events up to the capacity of both churches.

RSVP not required for the Music Hall Evening alone.


If you go, please take notes and photos and copy me in, thanks. I would love to attend but unfortunately an working in my SW France studio until mid March when I intend to return to England.

My own association with Samuel Plimsoll came about quite by chance and indirectly.

You have probably heard of his name as had I and was aware of the famous  ‘Plimsoll line’ on most of the world’s merchant ships, created to prevent over loading.

The tangent that follows is also a clue to a creative processes, enjoy.

For various reasons I had felt compelled to paint Plymouth Cattewater by moonlight,  one of the fore most being I’d enjoyed this sight on many occasions after evening racing with family and friends on Plymouth Sound

This eventually inspired  the painting ‘Emigration, Plymouth Cattewater by moonlight‘.

By the way  I’m sometimes asked about the word ‘cattewater’ which appears on maps spelt in various ways.

It is a nautical term and refers to a place ships of bygone years would ‘catte’ their anchor.

The cat, catte, cate, was a basic derrick near the stem used to secure and lower an anchor.

Having discovered the now demolished buildings on and near Phoenix Quay had been an emigration depot of some renown I started to look for a suitable ship to place in the scene.

By chance I found an Aberdeen clipper which had sailed regularly from Plymouth to Australia with emigrants returning racing with the wool clip against such famous clipper ship names as ‘Cutty Sark‘ and ‘Thermopylae‘.

By good fortune I found a ship with a very famous name.

This in turn started a whole new thread about emigration to Australia.

The resultant painting produced a host of documents including the dairies of people who had emigrated on the ship which of course, I guess you are ahead of me, was and is the  Aberdeen clipper ‘Samuel Plimsoll‘.

The clipper was named in honour of Mr. Samuel Plimsoll MP, carried an image of him as her figure head and was launched by the gentleman.

Fairly recently the painting inspired an article about emigration in a journal of the Royal Geographic Society(the story is on this blog), quite an honour for all concerned.

You can purchase a signed numbered copy of ‘Emigation, Plymouth Cattewater‘ from this web site using Paypal on the Marine Print Gallery page or by paying bank to bank.

As the story of the painting developed on this blog various people contacted me mostly from Britain and Australia and were very generous with their research and archives.

One was the person who sent me this invitation and asks us all to pass it to interested parties, the author of  ‘The Plimsoll Sensation‘ a detailed account of the life and times of our hero Samuel Plimsoll.