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Manual of the Laws of Naval War. Oxford, 9 August 1913.
Section VIII : On the formalities of seizure and on prize procedure - Art. 115.
Art. 115. Unlike non-military public ships and enemy private ships, belligerent war-ships taken by the adversary, as well as their ' matériel, ' become the property of the latter as soon as they fall into his possession, without the decision of a prize court being necessary.