Salty Talk

Martin, Tyrone G.
December 2003
Naval History;Dec2003, Vol. 17 Issue 6, p58
The death of a crew member, especially at sea, is an event that can impact on shipmates in much the same way as the loss of a family member. Sailors, by the nature of their business, tend to be a close lot, each man counting on every other in a ship's company to perform assigned tasks in concert with mates to ensure the ship makes her voyage safely. When a sailor died at sea in the age of sail, there was no way remains could be returned for interment in the family plot. Article presents information how the body of the dead is prepared to be laid in sea.


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