Droits of the Admiralty

(Eng. Law) rights or perquisites of the Admiralty, arising from seizure of an enemy's ships in port on the breaking out of war, or those coming into port in ignorance of hostilities existing, or from such ships as are taken by noncommissioned captors; also, the proceeds of wrecks, and derelict property at sea. The droits of admiralty are now paid into the Exchequer for the public benefit.

See also: Droit

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.