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Old 23 July 2004, 18:31   #11
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Don't forget byelaws in certain areas. For example salvage laws don't apply in Poole Harbour as the harbour byelaws overrule them and anything floating around is property of Poole Harbour Commissioners

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Old 24 July 2004, 10:31   #12
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There is a lot above about the legal position.
Edward also asked abot the moral position.
May I suggest you look at it from the point of view of the guy who "lost" it to start with?
What would you like to happen if you were that person?
If you recovered the anchor, then took some steps towards finding the original owner and handing it over, what reaction are you likely to get? Probably NOT a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!
If, however, after taking those reasonable steps, no-one comes forward, well it's still in your possesion isn't it?
And if the owner comes forward much later, you did not intend to permanently deprive the owner thereof, did you?
Does that tie the moral neatly back to the legal position?

Of course, you could leave it in situ for some other greedy, lying, thieving scrote to come along and nick it, couldn't you?
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Old 24 July 2004, 18:13   #13
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I have been in this position a few times. As a diver finding the odd anchor is not uncommon. To be fair .. they dont cost much (if its a small one), if a boat looses one they sort of consider it gone for good. They are not marked with the owner so how do you know who's it is....

I think Sophia's comment I posted some time back is the correct approach ..... lift it and tell the harbour authority, as it was in a harbour. Best steps have then been taken, if they don't have a loss reported and can't advise you then its fair game.

This tread has been good as you all know who the UK Receiver of Wreck now is. Sophia Exelby - Sophia_Exelby@mcga.gov.uk

As I said earlier, she makes a good speaker ...
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Old 25 July 2004, 21:46   #14
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Many Thanks for all your replies everyone. Some very informative stuff there.

I think 'informing' the Waterways (HarbourMaster equivalent) is probably the best option and see what they say. To help me in my quest to win friends down here, I'll quote Sonia and explain those rules must be right as us Brits are still REALLY in charge down here in the Colonies aren't we?



That should do it...
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Old 26 July 2004, 03:16   #15
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To help me in my quest to win friends down here, I'll quote Sonia and explain those rules must be right as us Brits are still REALLY in charge down here in the Colonies aren't we? That should do it...
That should do it nicely - let us know your deportation details.
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Old 26 July 2004, 03:23   #16
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.............Of course, you could leave it in situ for some other greedy, lying, thieving scrote to come along and nick it, couldn't you?
But don't forget to tell us where you left it though.....
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