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Flotsam or Jetsam?
27-NOV-2011 Dick Keely

Flotsam or Jetsam?

Doughmore Beach, Doonbeg, Co. Clare

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 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. Reference Wikipedia

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Chris Spracklen28-Nov-2011 13:46
Cool shot of this washed up a piece of rope, Dick.
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