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Definition: Protected Wreck Sites

“If the Secretary of State is satisfied with respect to any site in United Kingdom waters that—

(a) it is, or may prove to be, the site of a vessel lying wrecked on or in the sea bed; and

(b) on account of the historical, archaeological or artistic importance of the vessel, or of any objects contained or formerly contained in it which may be lying on the sea bed in or near the wreck, the site ought to be protected from unauthorised interference

he may by order designate an area round the site as a restricted area.”

The areas covered by such orders are known as protected wreck sites. 

s1 Protection of Wrecks Act 1973

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