2.04.2009

On The Shipwreck HMS Victory

It's been all over the news lately.

Some of my Maritime Law Journal colleagues are already pondering away at the thorny legal questions involved.

Still, I think it's key to question one of the much-repeated terms associated with the wreck...namely that it's a "famous" shipwreck.  Perhaps it's famous within the diving or treasure-hunting community - or even the military history community, but otherwise this particular HMS Victory is - crucially - not the famous HMS Victory of Admiral Nelson's win at the Battle of Trafalgar, but an earlier English vessel of the same name.  Nelson's ship is still afloat.