Derelict, Dereliction

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Meaning of Derelict, Dereliction

The terms are used chiefly in maritime law and denote a boat or vessel found deserted, or abandoned on the seas, whether it arose from accident or necessity or voluntary dereliction. See The Laun berga, 154 F. 959. In order to constitute derelict the vessel must be abandoned without hope of recovery or without intention of returning. The term dereliction is sometimes used to denote land gained from the sea when the sea shrinks back below the usual high water mark. The recession of the waters of the sea, and navigable river , or other stream, by which land that was before covered with water is left dry. See Russell v Brown, (Tenn.) 260 S. W.2d 257.

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