Definition of DERELICT in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DERELICT

Forsaken; abandoned; deserted; cast away.

Personal property abandoned or thrown away by the owner in such manner as to indicate that hp intends to make no further claim thereto. 2 Bl.Comm. 9; 2 Reeve, Eng.Law, 9; Thompson v. One Anchor and Two Anchor Chains,, D.C.Wis., 221 F. 770, 772.

Land left uncovered by the receding of water from its former bed. 2 Rolle, Abr. 170; 2 Bl, Comm. 262; 1 Crabb, Real Prop. 109.

In Maritime Law

A boat or vessel found entirely deserted or abandoned on the sea without hope or intention of recovery or return by the master or crew, whether resulting from wreck, accident, necessity, or voluntary abandonment. U. S. v. Stone, C.C.Tenn., 8 F. 232-243; Cromwell v. The Island City, 1 Black 121, 17 L.Ed. 70; The Hyderabad, D.C.Wis., 11 F. 749-754; The No. 105, Belcher Oil Co. v. Griffin, C.C.A.Fla., 97 F.2d 425, 426; Mengel Box Co. v. Joest, 127 Miss. 461, 90 So. 161, 163.

Quasi Derelict

When a vessel, without being abandoned, is no longer under the control or direction of those on board, (as where part of the crew are dead, and the remainder are physically and mentally incapable of providing for their own safety,) she is said to be quasi derelict. Sturtevant v. Nicholaus, 1 Newb.Adm. 449, Fed.Cas.No.13,578. When the crew have left their vessel temporarily, with the intention of returning to resume possession, she is not technically a derelict, but is what may be termed a "quasi derelict." The Alcazar, D.C. N.C., 227 F. 633, 650.

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