The Seaview is selected to be converted to a totally automatic ship controlled by a central computer. The mission goes well till Capt. Crane, the only person aboard the sub, realizes he may not be as alone as he thought.
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Crane says he stays on-board because under maritime law an abandoned vessel can be claimed by anyone.This is not necessarily correct and there have been law changes in the past 20-odd years as improved diving technology makes locating and retrieving items possible when it was not before;however, principles of maritime salvage law goes back to medieval times.It also depends on whether the Seaview is considered a US military, government owned, or private vessel which is never made clear in the series.First if the Seaview is considered a US Navy military vessel then sovereign immunity would apply which would prevent any salvageor from making a claim and particularly if the vessel was engaged in military actions.If government owned ship, then it would still not be eligible for claim because a government is not considered to ever abandon a vessel unless explicitly done.If the vessel is considered privately owned,the laws are most complicated including if the vessel is sunk or under-way where it might be considered a navigation hazard.For simplicity if the Seaview was simply dead in the water and could be considered a navigation hazard, then someone could take action to remove the hazard.Under law a successful salvor is NOT entitled to just keep the salved vessel, under any circumstances, but is entitled to a generous award.The award is based upon several factors including what actual actions were taken to remove the hazard or recover the vessel.Under law the maximum award is the value of the vessel and its cargo.This means that the salvor could be paid monetarily versus keeping the vessel.The confusion over a salvor being able to keep the vessel is based upon that the ship's owner or insurance carrier find it more cost-effective to simply turn over the ship. See more
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