Laws of Wisby Law and Legal Definition

Laws of Wisby refers to a code of maritime customs adopted on the island of Gotland, where Wisby was the principal port. The laws of Wisby came into existence during 16th century. It is recognized as having the force of customary law. The laws of Wisby were formerly known as laws of Oleron.

Under the laws of Wisby, if a mariner falls sick because s/he was sent out of the ship on a special service, the expenses incurred are to be paid by the master, or owner of the ship. The mariner is also entitled to full wages for the voyage. [Hart v. The Littlejohn, 1800 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8, 2-3 (D. Pa. 1800)].