Flotsam an jetsam

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In maritime law, flotsam, jetsam, lagan an derelict describe specific kynds o wreck. Heestorically the wirds haed specific nautical meanings, wi legal consequences.

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Thare is a technical difference atween the twa maist commonly-kent terms, Flotsam an Jetsam:

  • Flotsam describes guids that are floatin on the watter athoot haein been thrown in deliberately, aften efter a shipwreck, while
  • Jetsam haes been voluntarily cast intae the sea (jettisoned) bi the crew o a ship, uisually in order tae lichten it in an emergency.
  • Ligan (or lagan), describes guids that hae been markit bi bein tee'd tae a buoy sae that its awner can fynd an retrieve it later.
  • Derelict is property which haes been abandoned an desertit at sea bi those who wur in chairge athoot ony howp o recoverin it. This includes vessels an cargae.