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in maritime law, the compensation that the owner must pay for having his vessel or cargo saved from peril, such as shipwreck, fire, or capture by an enemy. Salvage is awarded only when the party making the rescue was under no legal obligation to do so. A claim for salvage ordinarily is allowed if the salvor's activities had some effect in averting the threatened peril even if they were not indispensable. In the United States, salvage is granted for rescues made on navigable streams and lakes as well as on the open sea. Salvage includes a reward designed to encourage rescue operations besides the payment for the value of the services. In setting the amount of the salvage, courts consider relevant factors such as the expense and hazard of the rescue and the price of the ship or goods saved. Salvage is distributed by the court to the owner, the master, and the crew of the rescuing ship, usually according to fixed ratios. Salvage money is not payable to the captain and crew of ships commissioned by a government specifically for rescue operations.


The controlled removal of construction or demolition debris, or other waste, from a permitted building or demolition site for the purpose of recycling, reuse, or storage for later recycling or reuse. Commonly salvaged materials include structural beams and posts, flooring, doors, cabinetry, brick, and decorative items.


In a building under repair or reconstruction, the saving of damaged or discarded material, for use or resale, which otherwise would be a total loss.


1. the act, process, or business of rescuing vessels or their cargoes from loss at sea
2. compensation paid for the salvage of a vessel or its cargo
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Despite a preliminary injunction awarded to Brazelton preventing Eads from further salvaging operations, Eads returned to the wreck site alongside Brazelton and continued his recovery efforts.
Nevertheless, they commenced salvaging, recovered numerous items and filed an action to ascertain title or a possible salvage award.
To assure cooperation, the court ordered that a buffer zone of 300 feet be observed between salvage operations, and it limited the right to salvage to 30 days, after which if either of the groups was unsuccessful in their salvaging efforts, the third salvor's claim to conduct operations would be reconsidered.
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