Originally Posted by Rustic Charm
It would be a civil dispute. I doubt they got to keep it, but then NZ law?
They would have been quite entitled to claim salvage
under any law ( probly admiralty law in this case)... abandonment doesn't come into it.
The RNLI normally just saves life... but back in the dream time there was a case where a crew claimed salvage... memory shaky re the details but it did happen.
The kiwi ship could have just saved him and let his boat go where it wished...
Salvage was the icing on the cake for the lucky few ... take a broken down steamer in tow... salvage money
... company got the cream, captain
got the icing , the deck
boy?... a few months pay maybe...
That was the case even if you took one of your own company's ships in tow... BP Tankers had a few cases like that, also Holts. No question of abandonment... just a broken down ship... prop fallen off ( yes it used to happen...one of our company ships dropped hers in mid atlantic...probly still does )... flooded engine
room ...( sweet 'Violanda'...she should have been my retirement
fund but it was not to be...)
When I went to sea there was always a bloody great wire on a drum up frd called the 'insurance wire'. Designed to be used if you needed a tow so you used your line not the salvors....
Not sure what the outcome was in the NZ case... I was in NZ at the time but sailed before it was settled.. that wiki page seems to be still controlled by the rower.