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Those seas over which the King of England claimed sovereignty from the earliest days of England's emergence as a maritime power. They were the two seas which lay between England and France (the English Channel) and England and the Netherlands (the southern North Sea). Sovereignty of these seas implied the demanding of salutes at sea from all foreign ships meeting an English warship in these waters, and also the right of regulating all fishing in them. One of the chief naval appointments of those days was that of admiral of the Narrow Seas, whose duties included patrolling the fisheries and the enforcement of the salute. The claim of English sovereignty over these seas was maintained until the adoption of the three-mile limit in 1822 as territorial waters by several European nations including Britain.

See also vail, to.

See also vail, to.

Subjects: Maritime History — International Law.


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