Wreck Law and Legal Definition

Wreck refers to an abandoned vessel, or something abandoned off a vessel, which is afloat, stranded, aground or sunken. When the wreck is a ship or a part of a ship, it is sometimes called shipwreck. Other remains of a ship, including flotsam and jetsam constitute as wreck. Wreck under maritime law refers to the remains of a ship that has suffered a major maritime disaster. However, it can also describe a sunken vessel, a vessel's cargo, or other artifacts of maritime historical and archeological significance.