What does "Flotsam" mean?

Today it means: Disgarded object.

Flotsam is a nautical term for things found floating in the sea from a wreck but is also used to describe natural things like trees, branches and coconuts etc. In law, items declared as flotsam after a wreck cannot be claimed or sold by the retriever and must be returned. Flotsam is normally used in the saying flotsam and jetsam. Jetsam is, in law, quite different.

See also: Jetsam   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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