What does "Jetsam" mean?

Today it means: useless, disgarded objects.

Jetsam is an item or items found in the sea after being thrown over the side of a ship deliberately. This could be things like lifebelts, rafts or maybe even cargo if it were done to help prevent the ship from sinking or other emergency. In maritime law such items can be claimed, retrieved and sold. The term is often used in the saying "Flotsam and jetsam" but in law they are quite different.

See also: Flotsam   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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