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Declaration concerning the Laws of Naval War. London, 26 February 1909.
Chapter IV : Destruction of neutral prizes - Art. 49.
Art. 49. As an exception, a neutral vessel which has been captured by a belligerent warship, and which would be liable to condemnation, may be destroyed if the observance of Article 48
would involve danger to the safety of the warship or to the success of the operations in which she is engaged at the time.