Passing 2 miles off Dover harbour, while bound for Le Havre, a UK ship finds a floating liferaft and manages to recover it on board. Should it be landed at Le Havre?


Under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 it is an offense to take into a foreign port and sell: (1) any vessel stranded, derelict or otherwise in distress found on or near the coasts of the UK or any tidal water within UK waters; (2) any part of the cargo or equipment of, or anything belonging to, such a vessel; or (3) any wreck found within those waters.

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What is the master of a UK ship allowed to do to people boarding or attempting to board without his permission if his ship has been wrecked or stranded, or is in distress?

What is the procedure where the wreck finder is also the owner of the goods?