Effective Legal Governance of WWI Wrecks
Chapter 4: Legacy wrecks as objects of salvage
This chapter considers the application of salvage law to legacy wrecks. For over a century this body of admiralty law has been applied to legacy wrecks. During that time the rationale for salvage has changed, as have the values legacy wrecks imbue. What has not changed much - at least in the UK - is the legal regime that regulates the salvage of legacy wrecks. The chapter addresses the continued and problematic application of salvage law to the recovery of legacy wrecks. Indeed, it is argued that the application of salvage law to legacy wrecks poses the greatest threat to this finite resource and fails to meet the values contemporary society ascribed to legacy wrecks.
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