Originally Posted by Pete7
might be fun to recover one small plank, take it home and inform the Receiver. They can then come and collect it, having paid your salvage claim
thats not my understanding of the process. you would be required to deliver the wreck to the reciever (if so requested) and she would then decide what salvage (if any) you were entitled to.
As I understand it the reciever (or her agents) is entitled to require that wreck is delivered to or handed over to her or her agents including using force to achieve that. She has apppointed the local police as her agents. therefore they may be able to prevent you from removing wreck from beaches etc.
Wrongfully carrying away wreck is an offence (which I think is different from the offence of conceeling (failing to declare) wreck). Likewise hindering or impeding the recovery of wreck is an offence - presumably that includes an individual taking it on themselves to recover wreck where a salvor has been contracted.
those wishing to get a more definitive statement of the law than cod's
Originally Posted by codprawn
They aren't even breaking the law if they declare what they find.
might want to read the merchant shipping act