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Anav
12-16-2011, 13:18
Preparations, prior to the burial

- T. Leigh Ullrich research.

The Ship - The sails should be adhusted so she is cokced up to the weather, some sails full of drive and some laid all a'back, so the ship is motionless.
Top gallant Yards a-cock-bill to signify a death and a buiral. - Lisft lines out of trim to speak grief. The Entry port on the starboard gangway to windward, and open.

The Body - canvas shrouded, with two cannon balls at the feet for weight, to insure sinking. The canvas should be sewn in place, starting at the feet, with the last stitch through the nose of the corpse, to check the person is indeed deceased. The body is them placed on an 8 man mess table, and covered with a Red Ensign.

Crew Formation - . Crew gathered to witness the service, under immediate command of the Bosun. Position of the crew not specified due to various diffferent ship's deck configurations.

The Cowman
12-17-2011, 21:35
What a way to go... We are after all 70% water...

David Manley
12-17-2011, 23:19
The most notable exception to burial at sea that I an think of would be Nelson, whose body was returned to the UK where he was given a state funeral. To keep him preserved he was brought back first in a barrel of rum (to Gibraltar) and then in a coffin filled with brandy. Were any other fallen heroes returned to their homelands in this, or other ways?

Tommy Z
12-18-2011, 00:23
The most notable exception to burial at sea that I an think of would be Nelson, whose body was returned to the UK where he was given a state funeral. To keep him preserved he was brought back first in a barrel of rum (to Gibraltar) and then in a coffin filled with brandy. Were any other fallen heroes returned to their homelands in this, or other ways?

Quite the pickling...eh?