maritime (mar-i-tIm), adj. 1. Connected with or situated near the sea. 2. Of or relating to sea

navigation or commerce.

“The word ‘maritime’ has in the Constitution its appropriate meaning, i.e., relating to the sea, and ‘sea’ is a word of wide extension and application …. Its classical and scriptural equivalents are applied to all sorts of navigable waters. It is not restricted, even in common speech, to waters where the tide ebbs and flows, for the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Sea of Azof, the Sea of Marmora, the Mediterranean Sea, the great scenes of early maritime enterprise, have no visible tide.” 1 Steven F. Friedell, Benedict on Admiralty § 103, at 7–5 (7th ed. 1996).

[Blacks Law 8th]