flotsam, jetsam, lagan

flotsam and jetsam are words that describe goods of potential value that have been thrown into the ocean. There is a technical difference between the two: jetsam has been voluntarily cast into the sea by the crew of a ship in order to lighten it in an emergency; while flotsam describes goods that float on the water, that have arrived there by shipwreck or some other indeliberate process. A third category, ligan (or lagan), describes goods that have been marked by being tied to a buoy so that its owner can find and retrieve it later.[wikipedia]


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