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Old 01-17-2007
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From the FreeAdvice.com web site:

http://law.freeadvice.com/admiralty_..._and_treasure/

If I find an abandoned vessel, generally termed a ‘derelict’ in maritime terms, am I entitled to take possession of it and obtain ownership?

A "derelict" is a vessel that has been left by its crew that has no intention to return and no hope of recovery. However, even when a vessel is "abandoned" and left without intention to return, the vessel remains the property of its owner absent some affirmative act by the owner that clearly and convincingly establishes a positive intent to part with ownership.
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