We have just finished this beautiful viking fireship for a customer.The family has ordered it so they can have a ceromony to send both their mother and fathers(John and Ruby) ashes off together,I think it is a perfect way to finalise the scattering of the ashes.

Over the next few weeks i will be doing a blog on different ways to scatter ashes

There are many ways to scatter ashes


,Burial at sea is currently available in three locations in the united kingdom, off The Needles, Isle of Wight; between Hastings and Newhaven on the South Coast; and off Tynemouth, North Tyneside.

Although many people who are buried at sea are former sailors or navy personnel, there is no need to have a connection with maritime life.

Anyone can be buried at sea, so long as the person arranging it has a licence - available for £175 from the MMO - and complies with some environmental rules.

Applicants must provide a certificate from a doctor that the body is clear of fever and infection, and your local coroner must be informed.

The person being buried must not be embalmed and should be clad in light, biodegradable clothing.

Some funeral directors will arrange the event, and the an organisation called the britannia shipping company specialises in it. Charity organisation the Maritime Volunteer Service also helps carry out burials at sea.

The navy conducts its own burials at sea, for those veterans who wish it. For more detailed information you should contact the chaplain at the base from which the dead person served.


The coffin you use must be made of solid softwood and must not contain any plastic, lead, copper or zinc. It must have:

  • between 40 and 50 50mm (2 inch) holes drilled throughout

  • corners butt-jointed and strengthened with mild steel right angle brackets screwed internally, or substantial wooden bracing struts 50 x 38mm

  • about 200kg of iron, steel or concrete clamped to the base of the coffin with brackets of 10mm mild steel bar, or blocks of weak concrete mix

  • weight distributed evenly to prevent the coffin from turning to the vertical

  • 2 long mild steel bands running from the top to the bottom of the coffin

  • several mild steel bands across the coffin at about 30cm intervals along its length

The coffin and any inner box or liner must be made from natural, non-toxic and biodegradable materials. They must both be able to withstand any impact and be able to carry the body quickly to the seabed.