Viking Ship Ash Casket

Have you ever thought how wonderful it would be to have your ashes sent off to sea or on a lake in a Viking ship. We can provide you with a lovingly crafted Viking ship complete with sail, willow shields and an ash urn.

This beautiful Viking ship has been designed by myself and my partner Tosh. It has been designed to give your loved one a send off you won't forget. I myself have fantasised about having a Viking funeral being laid to rest in a long-ship, and launched off to sea and have arrows shot at it to set it on fire and then sail off into the sunset.

Now our dream can be a reality, but on a smaller scale.

The boat is fully watertight and can be floated on a calm lake or a calm sea. It is made of Somerset willow, making it 100% bio-degradable and produced with all natural materials so can be used in a burial of ashes too. In the meantime, the boat can be bought and used as an ornament and can be shown off to all your friends.

It has an authentic stripy sail but it can be painted with your family crest or a design of your choice. A small square ash basket with a canvas ash bag sits inside the boat to carry the ashes.

Having a final send-off, whether it be a scattering of ashes, a burial or sending ashes off in a boat should be ceremonious and an occasion shared by loved ones and remembered fondly.

Dimensions of ship

96 cm length X 40 cm wide(SAIL) X 60 cm high {mast}  

Price: £395.00 PLUS POSTAGE AND PACKAGING(AROUND £40)

personalised sail depending on design from £15  please enquire for details

please call or email for delivery options (one or two day delivery parcelforce)

THE VIDEO OF BURNING SHIP BELOW IS EDITED.THE ACTUAL BURNING TIME WAS 20-25 MINUTES UNTILL IT SANK

its really important to make a decent fire using completley dry seasoned kindling wood and small seasoned logs for the fire and fill the boat up like in the photo as you ideally need the boat to burn for at least 20 minutes to get the full effect.a reasonable amount of lighter fuel sprayed on sail and about 4 or 5 firelighters in the bottom of boat under fire should do the trick.make sure the vessel is reasonably ballanced in the water before launching off and setting on fire

its really important to make a decent fire using completley dry seasoned kindling wood and small seasoned logs for the fire and fill the boat up like in the photo as you ideally need the boat to burn for at least 20 minutes to get the full effect.a reasonable amount of lighter fuel sprayed on sail and about 4 or 5 firelighters in the bottom of boat under fire should do the trick.make sure the vessel is reasonably ballanced in the water before launching off and setting on fire

TWO HOUSE BRICKS WEDGED IN EITHER SIDE FOR BALLANCE AND TO HELP THE BOAT SINK

TWO HOUSE BRICKS WEDGED IN EITHER SIDE FOR BALLANCE AND TO HELP THE BOAT SINK

 

Viking Funerals and Burials History

Most Viking funerals did not involve a ship set ablaze and launched at sea, instead they usually involved ship shaped burial plots marked by stones. These tumuli, or burial mounds, can be found in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. However, the burning of the body, usually did take place and was important spiritually. The Norseman believed the hotter the flames and the higher the smoke, the closer their loved one came to Valhalla. It was important for Vikings to send their dead into the afterlife correctly.

However great warriors and members of the aristocracy were often set to rest in their long-ships. Sometimes these long-ships were buried and sometimes they were set on fire and sent off to sea. Vikings were buried with the belongings they may need in the afterlife, such as weapons or even animals. Sometimes a thrall (slave) was also sacrificed at the burial. The thrall was believed to go with the master into the afterlife to serve him there.

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Willow shields sit along the side of each ship, while a hand-made ash urn fits perfectly inside.

Willow shields sit along the side of each ship, while a hand-made ash urn fits perfectly inside.

Two of our Ash Viking Burial Ships already set sail on the water.

Two of our Ash Viking Burial Ships already set sail on the water.

Sails come with red and white stripes, but your family crest, or any design of your choice can be added.

Sails come with red and white stripes, but your family crest, or any design of your choice can be added.

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