from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who salvages or assists in salvaging a ship or its cargo.
  • n. A ship used in salvage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who salvages; especially, one who assists in saving a distressed ship or its goods at sea, without being under special obligation to do so.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who assists in saving a ship or goods at sea, without being under special obligation to do so.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who saves a ship or goods from wreck, fire, etc. See salvage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who salvages


salv(age) + -or1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Still, Mr. Marden did say that when a store goes out of business or has its inventory damaged, a third party-called a "salvor" - takes over and brings the merchandise to stores like Marden's.

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  • However, since the book's publication, Vazquez has teamed up with an American salvor company and dived on the wreck with unknown results.

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  • But salvor Nilda Vazquez claims the Panamanian Ministry of Economy and Finance has granted her exclusive rights to the wreck.

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  • In 2001, Warren White, a salvor with a reputation for blowing up wrecks to find their hidden gold, announced that a wreck off the coast of Panama -- the oldest ever found in the Western Hemisphere -- was Vizcaina.

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  • The company operates as the salvor-in-possession of the Titanic wreck.

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  • RMST requests a preliminary injunction, and, in an order dated June 23, the court declares that RMST, as salvor-in-possession, has the right to exclude others from visiting the site in order to photograph it.

    Titanic in the Courts

  • The company that arranged for the cruise -- and provided funding and equipment for the expedition -- later sues RMST, claiming co-salvor status and seeking $8 million for breach of contract, fraud, and other damages.

    Titanic in the Courts

  • RMST's status as exclusive salvor is valid so long as it remains "in possession," a condition that effectively compels it to mount salvage expeditions every year or two.

    Titanic in the Courts

  • But the primary goals of the salvage -- to maintain the project's salvor-in-possession status and recover "desirable objects" for display -- remain decidedly non-archaeological.

    Titanic in the Courts

  • In April, 1999 RMS Titanic, Inc., as exclusive salvor-in-possession of the Titanic wreck, filed suit in federal court in Virginia seeking to block the U.S.

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