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‘According to a former rule of the Law of Nations, all enemy property, public or private, which a belligerent could
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a form of prize which, when a ship was captured at sea, was permitted to be distributed among the captors at once. In an old definition it was everything that could be picked up by hand above the main deck, all else in the ship having to be legally condemned by a prize court before its value could be distributed among the captors. As may be imagined, it was a custom which allowed of much abuse. This form of prize ‘pickings’ was abolished at the end of the Napoleonic War (...