Spence v. The Scattered, Co-Mingled, Unidentified, Wrecked and (for finders-right purposes) Abandoned, Vessels and Jetsam
ORDER directing the Clerk of Court to issue an arrest warrant for the Abandoned Wreckage and directing the United States Marshal to execute the arrest warrant. Signed by Magistrate Judge Shiva V Hodges on 10/14/2015. (mwal)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Edward L. Spence,
The Scattered, Commingled,
Unidentified, Wrecked, and (for finders- )
right purposes) Abandoned, Vessels and )
Jetsam, located within an area enclosed
by a line running from 27°08’N,
79°12’W to 27°24’N, 79°07’W to
27°23.9’N, 78°38.43’W and returning to )
27°08’N, 79°12’W, excluding any
portion of same within the 12 mile limits )
of the Territorial Sea of any sovereign
C/A No.: 3:15-3770-TLW-SVH
This in rem action is before the court upon the verified complaint in admiralty
[ECF No. 1] of Edward L. Spence (“Plaintiff”), who seeks title to the scattered,
commingled, unidentified, wrecked, and (for finders-right purposes) abandoned, vessels
and jetsam, located within an area enclosed by a line running from 27°08’N, 79°12’W to
27°24’N, 79°07’W to 27°23.9’N, 78°38.43’W and returning to 27°08’N, 79°12’W,
excluding any portion of same within the 12 mile limits of the territorial sea of any
sovereign nation (“Abandoned Wreckage”).
The court has reviewed the verified complaint in accordance with the requirements
of Fed. R. Civ. P. C(3). Plaintiff appears to set forth a prima facie showing that an action
in rem exists and that artifacts recovered from the Abandoned Wreckage are, or will
shortly be, within this District, which supports the issuance of an arrest warrant for the
The court therefore orders the Clerk of Court to issue an arrest warrant for the
Abandoned Wreckage and to deliver the warrant, together with other appropriate process,
to the United States Marshal for execution.
The United States Marshal is directed to execute the arrest warrant against
defendant Abandoned Wreckage.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
October 14, 2015
Columbia, South Carolina
Shiva V. Hodges
United States Magistrate Judge
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