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Frank Scott
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    The problem of drifting mines was specifically covered by the Hague Convention No. VIII of 1907 (came into force 1910). It required that moored mines which broke free should be so designed as the be made safe when that happened. Deployment of drifting mines in a tactical scenario (such as when being chased) was also covered, and these were required to go inactive after one hour.

    Of course, the system for making a mine disarm itself if it broke free did not always work, and not running into them was always a good idea.

    Interestingly it was not just belligerents that laid mines in WW1, the Danish & the Dutch did so as well.