History of Admiralty and Maritime Law
Admiralty law (also called maritime law) governs the vessels and events that take place at sea. Although most countries have their own laws on maritime commerce, semen, and passenger movement, many aspects of admiralty law are recognized internationally by multilateral treaties. Just as ships provide one of the earliest methods for transporting goods over long distances, the rules governing shipping date back to about 900 B.C. Can be found in the ancient Greeks.
The idea of a separate legal authority governing maritime issues was brought to the West by Aquin Quetine's Eleanor, who learned about the concept when she went to the Mediterranean on the Second Crusade with France's first husband, King Louis VII. The term admiralty law came from the British Admiralty Court, which presided over maritime affairs separately from the common law courts of England. U.S. Since the judicial system was based on the British system, the amended Admiralty laws were gradually incorporated into our legal system immediately after the Constitution was ratified.