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jetsam flotsam, and ligan (flŏt´səm, jĕt´səm, lī´gən) [O.Fr.], in maritime law, goods lost at sea as distinguished from goods washed ashore (wreck). Goods that remain floating on the surface after a shipwreck or accident are called flotsam (or floatsam or flotsan), while jetsam refers to goods thrown overboard, or jettisoned (see jettison), by a vessel in distress. Ligan (or lagan) designates goods that are sunk in the sea and have a buoy or floating object attached to them as a mark of ownership or in order that they may be found again. Such goods found by other persons must be returned to the owner, while flotsam and jetsam must be returned only if the owner makes a proper claim. The rules of salvage apply to all three types of goods.

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jetsam unwanted material or goods that have been thrown overboard from a ship and washed ashore, especially material that has been discarded to lighten the vessel. Recorded from the late 16th century, originally as jetson: a contraction of jettison.

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jet·sam / ˈjetsəm/ • n. unwanted material or goods that have been thrown overboard from a ship and washed ashore, esp. material that has been discarded to lighten the vessel.Compare with flotsam.

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JETSAM

The casting overboard of goods from a vessel, by its owner, under exigent circumstances in order to provide for the safety of the ship by lightening its cargo load.

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jetsam goods thrown overboard to lighten a vessel and afterwards washed ashore. XVI. Early forms jetson, -sen, later -sam (cf. FLOTSAM), contr. form of JETTISON.

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Jetsam

cargo, equipment, or waste thrown overboard from a vessel at sea. See also flotsam.

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jetsam: see flotsam.

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