KS> I know a bit about this as it starts in the law of Early Mediaeval
KS> England. It was originally designed to ensure that the King got the
KS> best stuff & anything washed up on the beach (technically on the
KS> foreshore between high and low tide) is a droit of the Crown. Not the
KS> State, but HM Herself. In them days, it was mostly whales and Viking
KS> The position must be difficult to resolve, as it has survived many
KS> purges such as 1947 when much old stuff was swept away - like the
KS> Witchcraft Act, for instance. Thus, the Police can't stop you hauling
KS> the stuff away, as each citizen is responsible to the Queen and it is
KS> between Her Majesty & Her subject to come to an accommodation about
KS> the worth of the stuff they have removed. You'll note that it is " *H.
KS> M.* Receiver of Wrecks".
KS> It is a strange loophole to remain in English Law & I'm curious to
KS> know what advantage it is to the State & Crown to have left this
KS> ambiguity in the law for so long.
My own view on this has changed somewhat, largely due to Roland's input
both on and off list. I regarded the law on maritime salvage as a quaint
old tradition - the sort of thing which makes Britain the fascinating place
that it is. However, in combination with modern conditions of rapid
communication and mass media, it has resulted in the world and his dog
descending on a small Devon village making everyone's life a misery.
Clearly some change is needed.
Still don't agree with pressing H&S into service though, it is used too
often to curb perfectly legitimate activities. As an example, a member of
our local SE club works at a large educational establishment, the skip of
which used to be a happy hunting ground the pickings often gracing our
bring and buy sales. Now, H&S requirements apparently require that the skip
is out of bounds and its contents may only be removed by authorised
contractors - no doubt to go for land fill. And this governement is
supposed to be encouraging recycling ;-)
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