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Friday, 18 November 2011

Flotsam, Jetsam and............

Someone emailed me a few days ago saying how useful they found my blog, especially the section for first time cruisers. The one thing they didn't like about it though was the title of James' Jetsam as they weren't sure if Jetsam was my surname or not and if it wasn't what it actualy meant.
Todays post then is for anyone who's been wondering the same thing.


Jetsam is part of a ships superstructure, cargo or equipment that is deliberately thrown overboard and either sinks or is washed ashore - Hence the title of my blog James' Jetsam - things that have come from a ship.

There are then three more terms, according to marine salvage definitions for items that have come from a ship, which are.....

Flotsam - any part of a ship or it's cargo after a wreckage that is floating on the sea/ocean.
Lagan - is cargo that has sunk to the bottom of the sea/ocean but is normally marked by a buoy for later retrieval by it's owners and
Derelict - is cargo that is also at the bottom of the sea/ocean but which no one has a chance of recovering.

So now you know what flotsam and jetsam is and where the title of my blog comes from.

Happy cruising.