THE OPINION OF LORD ALVERSTONE.FIFTH QUESTION.
ALASKAN BOUNDARY TRIBUNAL, VOL. 1, 1904.
Stated shortly, I understand this question to ask whether the eastern boundary, whether fixed by the crest of the mountains or by a distance of 10 marine leagues, was to run round the heads of the bays, ports, inlets, havens, and waters of the ocean, or not, I have come to the conclusion in the affirmative, viz., that the boundary, whether running along the summits or crests of the mountains or in the absence of mountains at a distance of 10 marine leagues, was to run round the heads of the inlets, and not to cross them.
There is, as far as I know, no recognised rule of international law which would by implication give a recognised meaning to the word “coast” as applied to such sinuosities and such waters different from the coast itself.