Flotsam and jetsam
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In maritime law, flotsam, jetsam, lagan and derelict describe specific kinds of wreck. The words have specific nautical meanings, with legal consequences in the law of admiralty and marine salvage:
- Flotsam is floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo.
- Jetsam is part of a ship, its equipment, or its cargo that is purposefully cast overboard or jettisoned to lighten the load in time of distress and that sinks or is washed ashore.
- Lagan (also called ligan) is cargo that is lying on the bottom of the ocean, sometimes marked by a buoy, which can be reclaimed.
- Derelict is cargo that is also on the bottom of the ocean, but which no one has any hope of reclaiming.
- Curtis Ebbesmeyer
- Great Pacific garbage patch
- Marine debris
- Receiver of Wreck
- Treasure trove; the legal ramifications of the notion include the distinction between deliberate and accidental loss
- "8 Amusing Stories Behind Common Expressions | Reader's Digest". Rd.com. 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
- "Lagan". Collier's New Encyclopedia. 1921.
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