from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A person appointed by law to take charge of goods, etc., east ashore from a wreck. See under wreck, n.
- noun A person appointed by owners or salvors to take charge of a wrecked ship or cargo.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A person appointed by law to take charge of goods, etc., thrown on shore after a shipwreck.
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As he studied the situation, our young wreck-master foresaw an immense amount of labor in dislodging these and getting them once more afloat.
The first man aboard that ship is 'wreck-master,' and gets the largest share of salvage money. "