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  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Forsaken; abandoned; deserted ; cast away. Personal property abandoned or thrown away by the owner in such manner as to indicate that he intends to make no further claim thereto. 2 Bl. Comm. 9; 2 Reeve, Eng. Law, 9. 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 (0. C.) 8 Fed. 243; Cromwell v. The Island City, 1 Black, 121, 17 In Ed. 70; The Hyderabad (D. C.) 11 Fed. 754; The Fairfield (D. C.) 30 Fed. 700; The Aquila, 1 C. Rob. 41.
    —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 snid to be quasi derelict. Sturtevant v. Nicholaus, 1 Newb. Adm. 449, Fed. Cas. No. 13,578.