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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


goods, thrown into the sea from a ship, that sink and remain under water. See FLOTSAM, LAGAN.
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