Chatham and Rochester: River Medway

Scattering Ashes on the River Medway in Kent

LocationChatham Maritime Marina
Area of operationRiver Medway and Rochester
Type of boatFlybridge Rodman Muse 44
Duration of trip1hr or more if required
Capacity of boat10 persons
RefreshmentsCatering can be arranged at additional cost
Additional infoVery experienced in Hindu and Sikh ceremonies.

Ideally suited for the Sikh community in Gravesend.

There is a special viewing platform where larger groups and families with disabled members can gather to watch the ceremony which is completely accessible by car, let us know when filling in the form and we will send details.

Lots of positive reviews – see below

Suitable urnsScattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Dove ReleaseDove release is available
Cost£350 for up to 10 people for a local Medway scattering

Next Steps… If you would like more information or to enquire about availability, please fill in the form below.

The boat operator will then contact you directly as soon as they can.

If you have an urgent request you will be sent the direct telephone number via email as soon as you have submitted the form.

Please note Scattering Ashes is not the boat operator, filling in the form below is the quickest way to speak with the skipper.


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    35 thoughts on “Chatham and Rochester: River Medway

    1. Reply
      Inderjit - 28th February 2022

      Thank you so much for the lovely service yesterday. Honestly meant so much to me and my family, you made everything go so smoothly and just being around your lovely wife she had such positive energy which really helped me through the difficult time.

      Inderjit 27th Feb 22

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      Ranjit Dharni - 7th February 2022

      Dear Robert and Jane,

      I wanted to so say how enormously grateful we are to you both; the dignified way you helped with our Dad’s ashes and allowed all our family to take part, was exceptional. It was exactly as you had outlined, it was the perfect ceremony and nothing has been too much trouble from start to finish.

      Thank you again

      Ranjit Dharni & Family

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      Gurdeep Singh - 4th January 2022

      In early January 2022, a few family members boarded the boat which was taken to River Medway to scatter the ashes of our Grandmother. The scattering of ashes was able to be witnessed by a larger family group who were able to watch from the riverside viewing platform.

      I cannot praise this service highly enough, special thanks to Jane and Robert; we felt in good hands from the moment we first called. The boat is very clean and modern. The service with very peaceful and and solemn. This was the most fitting and beautiful farewell.

      I would highly recommend to my family and friends, there’s no better place to go for this service.

    4. Reply
      Karen - 23rd October 2021

      I would recommend Swanning About Charters if you wish to perform the final rites of a loved one locally. It was made all that much easier with Bob and Jane being such a lovely couple. Only ten people can go on the boat but others can watch from the [shore]. The walk for them is 15 to 20 minutes I would say. Remember to give those on the [shore] flowers to put into the water when you immerse the urn so they feel part of the ritual too. Thanks Bob and Jane for making it a smooth day for us.
      Karen October 21

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      Peter - 23rd October 2021

      Dear Bob & Jane,

      I just felt that I had to thank you once again, you are two wonderful people. It’s often referred to as closure for me its much more, I’m so pleased that I was able to put my brother’s ashes in the place that he loved so much and you made that possible. The picture attached is him in his beloved boat not that far from where we were.

      We wish you all the best for the future.

      David August 21

      PS: Your boat isn’t halve bad either, I’m quite envious.

    6. Reply
      Sheila Langley - 1st September 2021

      Dear Robert & Jane

      Many thanks for making yesterday a most memorable occasion. We weren’t able to have a ‘proper funeral’ back in February, yesterday’s scattering more than made up for that and was completely appropriate on so many levels.

      I and my family were impressed by the attention to detail and caring way in which it was all carried out.

      Again, our grateful thanks.
      With all good wishes,

      Sheila Langley & family. August 21

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      Isha - 20th August 2021

      Jane and Bob allowed our family to have the best send off for our grandmother, they were so professional, respectful and kind and couldn’t have asked for anything more! So so pleased we chose them for our memorable day x

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        Jane R. Ludlow - 29th August 2021

        Thank you Isha, we are so pleased that you feel so positive, it’s just want we want.
        We both send our good wishes and thanks.
        Sincerely Jane and Robert.

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      Rita Nagi - 15th August 2021

      Hello Robert and Jane

      We would like to thank you both so much: it was perfect day for our ceremony. Jane orchestrated our mum’s final journey with such dignity, care and respect. All the family so proud and happy. Thank you once again .
      Warmest wishes

      Rita and all the family August 2021

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      Nick Jaswal - 15th July 2021

      Hi Jane, Bob,

      Thank you for a such a lovely service today. It could not have gone better.

      Nick Jaswal, Mum and Family

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      Chaz Chana - 15th July 2021

      Hi Bob And Jane, We really did not know what to expect today and was very lucky to have met you both Your care, friendliness and knowledge made the whole process much easier to deal with. We all felt at ease as you were both considerate to all of our needs and made this sad time a experience we won’t forget.

      Thank you once again love Chaz xx

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      Ram Das Summan - 28th June 2021

      Last month we scatter our Mother’s Ashes on the River Medway. This was the first death in our family and we really did not know what to expect.

      After my initial call with Bob, it was clear we would be in good hands, and gave me the advice we needed. On the day we were greeted by Jane at the entrance to the marina, she was so warm and caring that it felt like we had known her for years just after a few moments. Both Jane and Bob were very knowledgeable about our faith system and guided us through the whole process.

      I had concerns about how I would lower the urn, how and what you should do etc, Jane knew exactly how to do it and gently guided me through the process. The platform on the back of the boat was ideal and also the safety features.

      Thanks to Rob, Jane, and their Boat, the whole process of scattering our Mother’s Ashes was done with so much love and peace.

      Thank you Bob & Jane

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        Jane R. Ludlow - 28th June 2021

        Thank you Ram, We are so pleased your memories are such good ones. Thank you to your and your lovely family for choosing us to help you. Sincerely Jane and Bo.

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      Raj - 25th June 2021

      My family and I chartered ‘Song and Dance’ on 13th of June 2021 in memory of my late sister to scatter her ashes on River Medway. We would like to thank both Bob and Jane for the par excellence service they provided us with. We really appreciate your thoughtfulness and professionalism and your dedication, especially taking care of my mum in a wheelchair. The whole process from my first call to Bob and Jane enquiring about the service to the actual day of the service was extremely seamless and they made sure everything went smoothly. We were also very impressed with your boat which is lovely. We all had a great experience and words cannot express how grateful our family is for your support, guidance and professionalism in providing a great service. We would highly recommend Swanning About over other charter companies. Thank you once again!

      Raj, Anita & Family

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      Neelam - 16th June 2021

      Hi Bob and Jane

      I wanted to say thank you so much for yesterday. This was an emotional day for us and was the final chapter to say good bye following the passing of my father. You both were very friendly and helped accommodate our needs and provided a dignified service. We hope to see you both again on your beautiful boat but on a much more happier occasion.

      Best Regards

      Neelam 14th June 21

    14. Reply
      Shanti and Family - 14th June 2021

      Hi Bob and Jane,

      Thank you so much for today. Your care, friendliness and kindness made the whole process feel at ease. Thank you for considering our comfort and guiding us throughout and being such pleasant company. We appreciate and are grateful for all your hard work, time and patience. The boat was absolutely spectacular.
      We will definitely leave a review.
      Please take care and never stop smiling. Hope you like the photos.

      Kind Regards,

    15. Reply
      Richard Martin - 9th September 2020

      Dear Bob and Jane.
      My family and I would like to thank you so much for the caring gold star service you
      provided us with on the 27th of August. We all said what a caring and considerate couple you
      are and what a great job you did. We really appreciated your thoughtfulness and
      professionalism under such sad circumstances,
      it made the day much easier to deal with.
      We were also all very impressed with your boat it is lovely.
      We will definitely be seeing you again under happier circumstances. Thank you again.
      Kind regards
      Lorrie August 2020

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      Richard Martin - 9th September 2020

      We booked with Bob and Jane to scatter my dads ashes on the Medway. They were very
      respectful and genuinely cared that everything went as we would have wanted. I can’t praise
      them or recommend them highly enough. Many thanks


    17. Reply
      Richard Martin - 26th August 2020

      “Hi Bob & Jane

      We were very pleased and impressed with the service.

      I was given your details from my cousin who had also recently had to use
      this service. I can say I was not disappointed. The process from start
      to finish was very smooth and left no questions unanswered.

      Very professional and empathetic approach to what was a very personal
      and emotional experience.

      S Jassel
      August 2020

    18. Reply
      Sarve - 20th August 2020

      Hi Bob and Jane,

      We were very pleased and impressed with the service.

      I was given your details from my cousin who had also recently had to use this service. I can say I was not disappointed. The process from start to finish was very smooth and left no questions unanswered.
      Very professional and empathetic approach to what was a very personal and emotional experience.

      Regards, Sarve
      August 2020

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      Jacqui Bryant - 21st July 2020

      Hi Bob & Jane,
      Thank you so so much for today! Everyone said what a wonderful couple you are and what a fantastic job you did! We really appreciate your thoughfulness and professionalism. Feels a huge relief to have scattered the ashes. With very best wishes, Jacqui and Bobby

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        Jane R. Ludlow - 21st July 2020

        That’s very kind, we are so glad our efforts are appreciated and that we were able to help you and your lovely family. Jane and Bob.

    20. Reply
      Jazz - 6th February 2020

      Dear Robert and Jane,

      I just wanted to say a very big thank you for last week. On such a difficult day, your respect, sincerity, understanding and kindness was hugely appreciated. Your personal service helped us give my mother in law a very dignified and honourable service. We didn’t know what to expect of the day and what was needed to be done but you both gave us direction and the strength.

      Once again, many thanks. All the best in the future, Jazz xx

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        Jane R. Ludlow - 2nd March 2020

        Thank you very much for leaving us such a positive message, we both give our clients the very best help and encouragement on such a difficult day and we are so pleased you and your family were satisfied.
        With good wishes Jane and Robert.

    21. Reply
      Bal - 28th September 2019

      Dear Bob and Jane
      Can’t thank you enough for accommodating me and my family on what was a difficult day. Thank you for your attentiveness and consideration, it was so appreciated, nothing was too much of a trouble for you, I hope sometime next year on the anniversary of my dear brothers birthday I can come with some of my family and we can have some better memories to look back on
      Thank you again and God bless you

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        Jane R. Ludlow - 9th October 2019

        Thank you Bal, for the lovely feedback, we really strive to help you feel at ease on such a difficult day.
        We really look forward to seeing you again,
        With our warmest wishes
        Sincerely Jane and Bob.

    22. Reply
      Gurcharan - 9th April 2019

      Dear Robert and Jane,

      I just wanted to say a very big thank you for today. Your warmth, kindness, generosity and sincerity was very much appreciated on what was a very difficult and emotional day for my family.

      Your respect and consideration to our needs was very comforting and the grace shown by you both ensured that the day was memorable for the right reasons and helped to mark the passing of my father with a very dignified and honourable service.

      Wishing you both the best and hopefully, we’ll back with my kids on a more happier occasion.

      Kind regards,
      April 2019

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        Jane R. Ludlow - 11th October 2019

        Thank you so much for such lovely feedback. With our thanks Jane and Robert.

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          Jas - 26th September 2020

          Dear Bob and Jane,
          We would like to thank you both for making this sad occasion a memorable experience. We very much appreciated the time Jane took to explain the process and most importantly how Jane showed the respect towards our Sikh tradition.
          We look forward to using your service on a more happier occasion.
          Kind regards,
          Jas & Nari.

    23. Reply
      Mrs Ram - 10th September 2018

      Today me and my 2 children along with a few close family members bid a final farewell to my husband by scattering his ashes on the River Medway. I can’t thank Bob and Jane enough for making this experience a memorable one. They were professional, kind, friendly and provided great service. They made me and my children feel comfortable and consoled at all times and we knew we were in safe hands. Thank you for being so understanding and doing everything the way which made us happy. We had the most peaceful and beautiful farewell and everything was really appreciated.

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        Jane R. Ludlow - 11th October 2019

        Many thanks Mrs Ram, we really try hard to make your trip with us as personal as possible and we are so pleased you were satisfied.
        With our warmest wishes Jane and Robert.

    24. Reply
      Name - 12th February 2018

      Last June, on a beautiful sunny day, my Mother, Husband and my 2 teenage sons went out on the River Medway to scatter my Father’s ashes. It had taken us a long time to decide what to do with my Father’s ashes and the whole experience was so beautiful and peaceful that this confirmed that we had taken the right decision to ask Bob and Jane to help.
      They were both so welcoming and lovely throughout the whole experience. The boat was clean and comfortable, and we were all given the opportunity to go onto the top deck. We were given the time we needed to say goodbye to my Father and were not hurried in any way. i would like to thank Jane and Bob for all their help and advice.

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      Richard - 24th February 2017

      “Today we went out on the Medway to scatter ashes. Jane and Bob were very accommodating and showed particular sensitivity in the matter. The boat is lovely, both inside and out, and it is well kept and tidy. Jane was very attentive to our needs and, following the ceremony, Bob was kind enough to allow us onto the top deck where he offered information about various local features on the river. We would recommend the service offered. Dr B

      “The level of service we received was excellent. The boat is beautiful and they were really welcoming, professional and very accommodating to our requirements.

      They were very kind, respectful and understanding of our loss. I would highly recommend this service to anyone thinking of scattering their loved ones ashes into the river.
      I did not really have time to grieve for my mother since I had to worry about organising her funeral and by using this service it allowed me to have the opportunity to say goodbye to her properly. Thank you “

      1. Reply
        Jane R. Ludlow - 11th October 2019

        Thank you very much for your warm comment, we are so pleased you were satisfied.
        Robert and I send our warmest wishes and thanks.

      2. Reply
        Jane R. Ludlow - 15th October 2019

        Many thanks, we are both so pleased that you felt your time with us was satisfactory, that’s what we hope to achieve.
        Thank you. Jane and Robert.

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