Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The edge or margin of a country bounding on the sea. It is held that the term includes small Islands and rcefs naturally connected with the adjacent land, and rising above the surface of the water, although their composition may not be sufficiently firm and stable to admit of their being inhabited or fortified; but not shoals which are perpetually covered by the water. In S. v. Pope, 28 Fed. Cas. 630; Hamilton v. Menifee, 11 Tex. 751. This word is particularly appropriate to the edge of the sea, while "shore" may be used of the margins of inland waters.
    —Coast waters. Tide waters navigable from the ocean by sea-going craft, the term embracing all waters opening directly or indirectly into the ocean and navigable by ships coming in from the ocean of draft as great as that of the larger ships which traverse the open seas. The Britannia, 153 U. S. 130, 14 Sup. Ct. 795, 38 In Ed. 660; The Victory (In Ct) 63 Fed. 636; The Garden City (D. G.) 26 Fed. 773.
    —Coaster. A term applied to vessels plying exclusively between domestic ports, and usually to those engaged in domestic trade, as distinguished from vessels engaged in foreign trade and plying between a port of the United States and a port of a foreign country ; not including pleasure yachts. Belden v. Chase, 150 U. S. 074, 14 Sup. Ct. 264, 37 L. Bd. 1218.
    —Coasting trade. In maritime law. Commerce and navigation between different places along the coast of the United States, as distinguished from commerce with ports in foreign countries. Commercial intercourse carried on between different districts in different states, different districts in the same state, or different places in the same district, on the sea-coast or on a navigable river. Steamboat Co. v. Livingston, 3 Caw. (N. Y.) 747; San Francisco v. California Steam Nav. Co., 10 Cal. 507; In S. v. Pope, 28 Fed. Cas. 630; Ravesies v. U. S. (D. Ct) 35 Fed. 919.
    —Coastwise. Vessels "plying coastwise" are those which are engaged in the domestic trade, or plying between port and port in the United States, as contradistinguished from those engaged in the foreign trade, or plying between a port of the United States and a port of a foreign country. San Francisco v. California Steam Nav. Co.., 10 Cal. 504.