The Plimsoll mark is painted on the vessel to indicate how much cargo she should carry.
Deck loading is restricted, and the Plimsoll mark insisted on.
With his bicycle laden considerably above the Plimsoll mark, he pedalled wearily homewards.
"She was loaded to the Plimsoll mark when she passed us," Torry said.
As she slid into position and threw out her lines, he saw clearly the Plimsoll mark on her bow.
Plimsoll was the originator of the famous "Plimsoll mark," and this is what caused him to be called the sailors' friend.
Some were still in the stream, loaded with wheat to the Plimsoll mark, ready to depart with the next tide.
There was no Plimsoll mark in those days, and this cockle-shell of a vessel was literally loaded down to the scuppers.