In discussing naval phases of the European War, together with possible and probable operations in various waters, the writer found that his lack of precise knowledge of the political status of different bodies of water other than the high seas was widely shared.
A search for information on this score brought forth many interesting facts relating to the history of some of the waters and to the growth of definite customs regarding them. The present paper is compiled from notes taken in the course of the search referred to.
The following authorities were consulted:
Moore, International Law Digest, Washington, 1906.
Oppenheim, International Law, London, 1912.
Stockton, Outlines of International Law, Scribner's, 1914.
Latour, La Mer Territoriale, Paris, 1889.
Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Edition.
References to the source of information for each fact stated below are not given for the reason that the important facts are quoted by virtually all the authorities consulted and the references would thus become very cumbersome.