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Maritime Legacies and the Law

Effective Legal Governance of WWI Wrecks

Craig Forrest

The recent centenary of WWI has prompted a shift in the way attention is focused on legacy shipwrecks. This timely book considers the development of the laws that apply to these wrecks and the issues that surround them, and deftly analyses the adequacy of the existing legal framework to fulfil its promise of protecting legacy wrecks for future generations as historical and archaeological resources, memorials and, most importantly, as maritime war graves.
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Chapter 7: Legacy wrecks as memorials and maritime war graves

Craig Forrest


An emerging value of legacy wrecks is there use as memorials and the recognition of many legacy wrecks as maritime war graves. This chapter considers the nature of war memorials and the possible role that legacy wrecks might play in the evolving memorialisation of WWI. It also addresses the vexed question of recognising and protecting maritime war graves, and the attempts made to protect legacy wrecks, especially by the UK through the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.

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