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Royal Naval Ashes Committal: Portsmouth

This is guidance for the Portsmouth Service.

Arrangements can be made for a ceremony, which includes a short religious service to be carried out at Spithead Portsmouth at a point near to Spitbank Fort. Committals are conducted by a Naval Chaplain. Usually more than one committal is carried out per trip.

Due to high security at a naval base and availability, you should allow a reasonable amount of time to make arrangements.

The base is operational military establishment and therefore there should be understanding that operational demands and site security need to take precedence. And whilst every effort is made to ensure that the committal takes place on the agreed date, sometimes bad weather or a very poor sea-state means we are forced to cancel. They will attempt to notify you in advance should this occur.

On rare occasions we may get out of the harbour only to find that the sea state makes the committal impossible. In which case it is our custom to return and offer a short service at St Ann’s Church and reschedule the committal to a later date.

You may choose to order a Royal Naval Committal Urn

Contact details:

Telephone – 02392 723000  – ask to be put through to the chaplaincy

Email: NAVYNBCP-CHAPLAINCY@mod.uk

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A sailor’s farewell poem: Crossing the Bar

If you are looking for words or verse for ash scattering ceremony fit for an old sailor, then you could worse than consider the classic poem Crossing the Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Crossing the Bar

BY ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON

Sunset and evening star,
      And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
      When I put out to sea,
   But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
      Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
      Turns again home.
   Twilight and evening bell,
      And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
      When I embark;
   For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
      The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
      When I have crost the bar.
To a arrange a committal service by the Royal Navy – Royal Navy Committal
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Naval Order of Service

It may be you want to scatter the ashes of a loved one at sea and that person had a naval career. And whilst you would like reference to their service in the the Royal or Merchant Navy it may not be appropriate to use the Navy’s chaplaincy service. There maybe many reasons for this: you want the loved one closer to home, you wish to scatter husband and wife together and only one was naval personal, you want to conduct the service yourself.

The Chaplaincy have kindly shared their order of service with us, it has two versions one is for a service at their local church if the sea is too rough to perform the committal.

Here is the link: Royal Navy Order of Service

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A Bible reading suitable for an old sailor

We have recently been in touch with the naval chaplaincy at Portsmouth and they have been extremely helpful. We explained that many people may wish to be to have their ashes scattered in the same place as their loved one and still have reference to their career with either Royal or Merchant Navy.

We asked what reading from they used during the committal, they said:

The reading we use is Ps 107 which reminds us that despite the storms of life we make it into a safe haven at the end of our life.

A reading from Psalm 107

Those who go down to the sea in ships and ply their trade in great waters, these have seen the works of the Lord and his wonders in the deep. For at his word the stormy wind arose and lifted up the waves of the sea. They were carried up to the heavens and down again to the deep; their soul melted away in their peril. They reeled and staggered like a drunkard and were at their wits’ end. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He made the storm be still and the waves of the sea were calmed. Then were they glad because they were at rest, and he brought them to the haven they desired.

Which, as one might imagine, seems rather appropriate.

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Committal of Ashes to the Sea by the Royal Navy

The Naval Chaplaincy Service carries out Committals at Sea Ceremonies for all former Service personnel.

The Royal Naval Chaplaincy Service undertakes committals of ashes at sea from our Base Ports in Scotland on the Clyde (Faslane), Plymouth (Devonport) and Portsmouth.

There is no charge for the committal.

Eligibility is determined on a case by case basis, the decreased should be: 

  • Royal Navy Personnel.
  • There’s no length of service required, but they do need a short Service History and Service Number for checking with the records. 
  • Different bases have different eligibility.

Portsmouth handles initial enquiries for other two bases, contact details:

Telephone – 02392 723000  – ask to be put through to the chaplaincy

Email: NAVYNBCP-CHAPLAINCY@mod.uk

Ash containers / urn?

We make urns to the Royal Nays specification: Royal Navy Committal Urn, we are lead to believe however the Chaplaincy if cost is an impediment they would accept these water urns. You are not required to purchase these through Scattering Ashes, your Funeral Director may be able to assist, although we are we are happy to supply them should you wish.

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South Devon: Plymouth Sound

Location The Barbican Landing Stage, Commercial Wharf, Barbican,
Area of operation Within the waters of Plymouth Sound
Type of boat Our chartered cruise boats (depending on availability) take family and friends to pay their respects, as loved one’s ashes are scattered on the waters of Plymouth Sound.
Duration of trip 1 Hour slot is allocated for this Service
Capacity of boat Depends on the available vessel – Smallest up to 80 / Largest up to 200
Refreshments All our Cruise vessels have fully licensed bars on board.
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Operates all year round.

Plymouth Sound provides a calm and peaceful setting for the committal of ashes to sea. Our dedicated staff will be happy to assist you in ensuring your loved one’s wishes are fulfilled.

Suitable urn  Scattering 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

Cost £200.00 for 1 hour (under 20 persons)
£250.00 for 1 hour (over 20 persons)
Disabled Access

Two of our cruise vessels, The Spirit of Plymouth and the Plymouth Venturer are wheelchair accessible, with disabled access toilets on board. Our crew are on hand to give help and assistance to disabled and less able-bodied passengers, while boarding and during the trip.

Assistance dogs are very welcome on board and water bowls can be provided on request.

Parking

There are several public car parks near the Barbican Landing Stage. Elphinstone Car Park is the closest, disabled parking spaces are available at this location (see Plymouth City Council website for further details).

There is also a car park on Lambhay Hill.

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Dorset: Weymouth

Location Weymouth Dorset, in the centre of the Jurassic Coast in the UK
Area of operation 15nm of Weymouth
Type of boat 10m 33ft Aquastar Fishing
Duration of trip 1 to 2 Hrs
Capacity of boat  8
Refreshments None provided but you can bring your own drinks and snacks
Suitable urn Scattering 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

Cost £120
Company comments Fully MCA coded vessel for up to 60 miles offshore use. Sailings will be subject to weather conditions on the day.
Disabled Access  Sadly not
Parking Yes, public parking nearby
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Bespoke Wooden Urn Tattoos: Insignia, designs or inscriptions

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Bespoke Urn Tattoo or Pyrography

Bespoke Urn Tattoo. We have found a talented pyrographic artist who can tattoo any design onto a handmade wooden urn.

Would you like a completely bespoke design, motif or insignia on your wooden urn?

Scattering Ashes already offers a range of beautiful handmade wooden urns, made here in Devon. Now, we are able to offer a service that adds a design personal to you. They are created by an extremely skilled artisan who uses a process called pyrography or ‘wood tattooing’. The design is burnt into the wood with a hand tool and then coloured, creating unique and stunning results.

The example here is of a military insignia, although the choice of design is entirely up to you. This was created on our Haytor – natural wood urn

Please fill in the form below the pictures for an quote regarding delivery time and and cost.

 

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Southampton Water, Hampshire: River Test

Scattering Ashes Southampton

Location Ocean Village, Southampton
Area of operation Southampton Water
Type of boat Passenger Boat, see picture, capable of carrying 150 comfortably. Heated saloon, and large sun decks. Bar, snack and drink facilities available. 
Duration of trip Just over one hour, depending on location.
Capacity of boat 6 -150 for boat pictured. 
Refreshments Available to purchase on board.
Additional info All year round operation, toilets on boat pictured. Stable catamarans for all weather operation. All religions catered for.
Ceremony Scattering 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

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An urn for an old Sailor and the MODs exasperating institutionalised culture of secrecy: Part 3 the final episode

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This is the final episode of the mini-series. The story so far – I want the measurements for a box. The Ministry of Defence have said I can’t have it, actually when you put it like that it this doesn’t sound very interesting does it? Okay. This is a story about one mans valiant attempt to take on the giants of government, seeking the truth from the mysterious and dark world of the Ministry of Defence in the hope that others may have a more dignified final ceremony … (say this in an american Hollywood voice-over style for more effect).

So here is Part 1 and Part 2

After the last set back I thought I would try one last-ditch attempt.

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Dear Sirs

 
Sorry to sound impersonal there was no signatory to the letter. I don’t wish to complain, I am however a little perplexed. I don’t doubt you are correct that you are within your rights not allow access to a paragraph, even though letting me know would help members of the armed forces satisfy the wishes of armed forces – so the MODs approach seems somehow odd? Just because you can say no does not mean you should.
 
I am fairly au fait* with FOI – isn’t the presumption to give people the information if you can? I am now intrigued – does paragraph contain some national secret that the nation needs to be protected from. Or is it only paper copy and it would be inconvenient and time consuming to send me. I would be willing to come and read it.
 
How about I offer to make a donation to the Royal Navy Benevolent Fund if you help me? Hopefully that is not considered bribery.
 
So I shall try one last plea – Please let me have the text from the paragraph. 
 
Your humble servant
Richard

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* I spelt this wrong in my original email and now trying to cover up my ignorance.

Anyway you will see my tone has become a bit less reverent although I hope not rude in anyway.

I got the following response.

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Richard Martin

Director
Scattering Ashes

mailto: info@scattering-ashes.co.uk
14 January 2014

Dear Mr Martin,

Thank you for your email of 9 January 2014 regarding our response to your FOI request (FOI 18-112013-135322-002
refers).
It is regretful that the response to your FOI request has not met your expectations. However your most recent email indicates

to me a misunderstanding of the process that the MOD instigates on the loss of a Serviceman or woman.

I hope to clarify this herewith. 

As I explained in my first letter to you, when an individual dies during their Service, they are provided
with a military funeral (or cremation) if their next-of-kin (NOK) indicates a desire for such. A military funeral is paid for by the MOD and follows specific rules as set out Volume 2 of Joint Service Publication (JSP) 751. If the NOK prefers to have a private (non military)  funeral or cremation, they are free to do so, and the MOD will offer assistance, including financial support for this, also stipulated in JSP751. A grieving family who wished to make use of the services provided by your company for a private ceremony would have the freedom of choice to do so. 

The NOK and family are provided with a serving, commissioned ‘Visiting Officer’ (VO) to help them with these arrangements, and therefore have access to the advice they might need. The VO has appropriate training and ready access to JSP751, so I do not fully follow your line that, were we able, to provide you with information contained in the JSP it would better ‘satisfy the wishes of the armed forces’. This, when compared to a fully trained and briefed VO (who would most likely be familiar with the area the deceased was posted to).

I turn now to our advice that JSP751 is exempt for release under the FOI Act 2000. This document remains at a restricted level due to the sensitivity of the subject and is kept under constant review;  government policy influences, and may be influenced by, the JSP in question. The FOIA does not require us to justify our refusal to release or declassify the document further.

Should you wish to make a contribution to a defence charity, that choice is yours and whichever one you were to choose would be undoubtedly grateful; however, it will have no bearing on nor alter the advice provided to you.

Yours sincerely,
Mr  X X XXXXXXXXX
Defence Personnel Secretariat

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Oh – Oh well never mind. At this point, slightly exasperated, I decided to throw in the towel.

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Dear Mr XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

 
Thank you very much for again taking the trouble to write to me and whilst I may disagree with what you are saying your time is genuinely appreciated.
 
I think will shall leave it there, I don’t think it right to take up more officials time in dealing with this issue.
 
Death is a important matter and it it is clear that you take the welfare of ex-service personnel very seriously.
 
I hope perhaps that I may yet get to find out what I am after, as I still strongly feel it bring benefit and comfort to those in need. Although I see now clearly this is not the route.
 
Kind regards
Richard
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So is there a moral to the story, perhaps that we say we are an open society, but don’t test it or scratch the surface. Trouble is here, you are only getting my biased take on it.  I am sure the gentlemen responding would look at this from an entirely different prism perhaps no less valid than my own.
Still I was only after the dimensions of a box, a reasonable enough request isn’t it?
However if you do read this and access to the paragraph from this document I would like to let people know …
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An urn for an old Sailor and the MODs exasperating institutionalised culture of secrecy: Part 2

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Hello, last week I posted the start of a small saga in relation to me trying to find the specification for urns the Royal Navy need for committals at sea. Here is the post. I split it into three parts to make a bit of a story of it – also it goes on a bit and I didn’t want to bore you. Anyway their initial response to request was a a bit of a curates egg, please bear in mind that all I am after is the dimension of a box, not the servicing timetable for Trident submarines, so I try again…

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Dear Sirs

 
Thank you very much for the response to my request for information, I appreciate the effort that has gone into responding. Please understand that I am not complaining, but I would like a little bit more information. My original request asked for a ‘cut and paste’ of the information I required and the response letter I received, whilst very thoughtful, omitted that key information.
 
I do this as many ex service personnel feel a strong connection to the armed forces but don’t know where to go for information, it is unlikely that many would consider an FOI request the appropriate route to find it, I hope you are able to provide the information so that we help to respect the wishes of ex service personnel.
 
Kind regards
Richard Martin
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That was quite polite and to the point I thought – I got this response…
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Mr Richard Martin

Email to: info@scattering-ashes.co.uk

11 December 2013
Dear Mr Martin,

Thank you for your email of 18 November in which you make the following clarification;

‘I …would like a little bit more information. My original request asked for a ‘cut and paste’ of the 
information I required and the response letter I received, whilst very thoughtful, omitted that key
information.

I am treating your correspondence as a request for information under the Freedom of  Information
Act 2000.

The Joint Service Publication (JSP 751) you request a ‘cut and paste’ from is not in the public
domain as it is a restricted document that is kept under constant review. Section 35 of the FOI Act
exempts information relating to the formation of government policy, ministerial communications,
advice from government legal officers, and the operation of any ministerial private office from
release under the FOI Act. Therefore JSP 751 is exempt from release. The advice contained in our
previous letter to you contained unclassified advice relevant to your request.

With regard to the oak caskets, the individual families choose their casket from the range offered by
their chosen undertaker. The MOD pays for the casket, along with the other costs, if the funeral is
a Service (Publically Funded) funeral. Those who choose to have a private funeral receive a grant
towards the cost.

If you are not satisfied with this response or wish to complain about any aspect of the handling of
your request, then you should contact my office in the first instance. If informal resolution is not
possible and you are still dissatisfied then you may apply for an independent internal review by
contacting the Deputy Chief Information Officer, 2nd Floor, MOD Main Building, Whitehall, SW1A
2HB (e-mail CIO-FOI-IR@mod.uk). Please note that any request for an internal review must be made
within 40 working days of the date on which the attempt to reach informal resolution has come to an
end.

If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you may take your complaint to the
Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act.
Please note that the Information Commissioner will not investigate your case until the MOD internal
review process has been completed. Further details of the role and powers of the Information
Commissioner can be found on the Commissioner’s website,
http://www.ico.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely,

 Defence Personnel Secretariat

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It is the dimensions of a box for goodness sake! I do understand that some things need to be kept secret, we entrust this Department with the protection of the Realm – I know. I get it … but please. All we want is to help the people who severed HM forces, to perform a ceremony in the way you prescribe. Or is it me and is their response correct and proportionate (please say no)?

Next week the final episode. I try one last valiant attempt to find the dimensions of the box …

As an aside, I did wonder  if you post anything on this subject get matter – you have a file created on you? So if you are reading this from GCHQ and you fancy telling me what the specification of the box is… Drop the spec in a brown paper envelope in the recycling bin next to me in Reagent’s  Park and say ” Valdimir, do you like soft furnishings, I hear chintz is all the rage this year?”

If I don’t get post the concluding part next week – it wasn’t me who decided to zip myself in the sports holdall..

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This a story I will tell in three parts and it is the documentation on my conversation with the Ministry of Defence MOD, relating to a printed specification for an urn, although my title is ‘slightly’ leading I wonder if you will share my view?

Halfway through last year I got a call from a Funeral Director asking me for a very specific type of urn, one needed for the interring of ashes for a Royal Navy ceremony. I replied we did a range of water urns ideal for the job some approved by the Navy. However he was after a specific one – he said he had seen a specification and it involved weights on ropes and such things. Rather annoyed with myself I had to admit that I was not aware of such an urn or where one could be found. Although after finishing the call I resolved to get to the bottom of the issue.

So I trawled the internet for some time and I could not find the elusive specification, but I did get lead. All the searches pointed to a paragraph in a MOD document relating to the treatment of service personnel after death. I found this  – Only ashes contained in a suitable casket will be committed at sea. The scattering of ashes not in a casket from ships or aircraft is not permitted under any circumstances. The precise specifications of a suitable committal casket are given in JSP 751, Vol 2, Ch3.

So next step ask the MOD about what they would like urns for their services to look like, simple.

I then searched the MODs website and found three email addresses for Departments they may be appropriate. I then wrote the following email:

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Hello

I would like to find the source of the following – relating to the specification of ashes caskets for funerals it has been causing my clients some concern and I need your help. It is the reference at the end of the paragraph.

Only ashes contained in a suitable casket will be committed at sea. The scattering of

ashes not in a casket from ships or aircraft is not permitted under any circumstances. The

precise specifications of a suitable committal casket are given in JSP 751, Vol 2, Ch3.

 

Thanks

Richard

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Polite to the point, pretty easy stuff. The email address that got a response from was through the good old Freedom of Information Act.

I got the following response:

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Reference: FOI 18-10-2013-151249-009

Richard of Scattering Ashes

Ministry of Defence
Main Building
Whitehall
London
SW1A 2HB
mailto: info@scattering-ashes.co.uk

15 November 2013

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your email of 21 October, which has been considered a request for information in
accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act). Your request has been passed to
this department and I have been asked to respond.

You have requested the following information:
“I would like to find the source of the following ‐ relating to the specification of ashes caskets for funerals it has 
been causing my clients some concern and I need your help. It is the reference at the end of the paragraph. 
Only ashes contained in a suitable casket will be
 committed at sea. The scattering of ashes not in a casket from 
ships or aircraft is not permitted under any circumstances. The precise specifications of a suitable committal 
casket are given in JSP 751, Vol 2, Ch3.” 

A search for the information has now been completed within the Ministry of Defence, and I can
confirm that information in scope of your request is held. Therefore, I can advise that the MOD
places the utmost importance on the way the Services deal with their Casualties. The MOD joint
casualty & compassionate policy and procedures, which are set out in JSP 751 are controlled and
revised where or when necessary by staff within the Directorate Service Personnel Policy.

When a Serviceman or woman dies during their Service, they are provided with a military funeral (or
cremation) if that is what their next-of-kin (NOK) indicates they want, or the family is assisted with a
private service if they do not wish for a military funeral.

Where cremation is carried out at public expense, whether in the UK or overseas, the NOK can
choose to have interment of the ashes in a military / civil cemetery with the site marked by a military
pattern urn plot marker. Alternatively, a casket may be provided and the ashes delivered to the
NOK’s home address or scattered in a garden of remembrance. In such circumstances, an entry
may be paid for in a Book of Remembrance.

Oak caskets are not made to any military specification and are provided by the funeral director.
However, urn markers in UK Military Cemeteries are of a standard type approved by MOD, and
following receipt of a completed engraving schedule from the NOK, the MOD will order the urn
marker.

Burial at sea is only permitted in exceptional circumstances for very distinguished Senior Naval
Officers or Naval holders of the Victoria Cross who have expressed such a wish. However NOK
may request committal at sea of the cremated remains of Serving or retired Royal Naval personnel
at the discretion of the Commander in Chief of the Fleet or the appropriate Flag Officer.

If you are not satisfied with this response or wish to complain about any aspect of the handling of
your request, then you should contact my office in the first instance. If informal resolution is not
possible and you are still dissatisfied then you may apply for an independent internal review by
contacting the Deputy Chief Information Officer, 2nd Floor, MOD Main Building, Whitehall, SW1A
2HB (e-mail CIO-FOI-IR@mod.uk
). Please note that any request for an internal review must be
made within 40 working days of the date on which the attempt to reach informal resolution has come
to an end.

If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you may take your complaint to the
Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act.
Please note that the Information Commissioner will not investigate your case until the MOD internal
review process has been completed. Further details of the role and powers of the Information
Commissioner can be found on the Commissioner’s website, http://www.ico.gov.uk
.

Yours sincerely,

 

Defence Personnel Secretariat

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Thanks! I thought that is almost everything I need to to know apart from what I asked for, well really… what happened next I hear you ask! Tune in next time folks for another thrilling episode of The Old Sailor and the MOD…

 

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Cornwall: Falmouth

Location Cornwall – Falmouth, St Mawes, Truro
Area of operation Falmouth Area, River Truro
Type of boat There are three craft similar to that pictured above
Duration of trip Usually an hour
Capacity of boat  Their boats can hold up to 100 of your guests although we recommend only 80 per boat for comfort and enjoyment
Refreshments No
Additional info Our boats have toilets, covered and heated areas, and easy access

They can sail out of Falmouth, Truro, St Mawes, Mylor and other locations around the river. The trip will be tailored to completely suit your needs and the wishes of your loved one.

Suitable urn Scattering 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 UrnsWe 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
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Whitby North Yorkshire: North East Coast

 

Location Whitby, North Yorkshire
Area of operation Whitby and nearby areas
Type of boat Bullet DS38 Islander
Duration of trip Can be tailored to your requirements
Capacity of boat Capacity is 12 with seating for 8 passengers
Refreshments  NA
Additional info The boat is warm, safe and comfortable. Weather permitting, ashes may be scattered all year round.
Suitable urn Scattering 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

Cost From £120 for scattering in the bay, more if you need to go further afield
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Mudeford Quay, Dorset: South Coast

 

Location The small fishing port of Mudeford Quay, Christchurch, Dorset
Area of operation Christchurch and Poole Bays with views of the Isle of Wight, the Needles Lighthouse and Swanage. They can also provide this service in Christchurch Harbour which is in the lower reaches of the Avon and Stour, usually in sight of Christchurch Priory church. If you wish they can go as far as Bournemouth.
Type of boat They have four different types of boats including a fast RIB.
Duration of trip About an hour
Capacity of boat 60

In winter we can only go to sea with up to 12 persons. Winter is defined as 1st November to 31 March, summer is 1st April to 31 October.   

Refreshments No
Additional info Operates all year round. All religions welcome. Toilet on board.
Suitable urn Scattering 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

Cost 12 passengers or less £100
13 to 28 passengers £140
28 to 60 passengers £180
Disabled Access Two of their boats are wheelchair friendly (although have to negotiate at least one council step).
One boat is not wheelchair friendly. Please ask at time of booking.
Parking There is Parking on Mudeford Quay BH23 4AB, and then 200 yards to walk to boat. Pay and display car park operated by Christchurch Borough Council. Can also pay by “Ringo”. Card payment.
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South Devon: Dartmouth

Scattering ashes Dartmouth and the River Dart in Devon

Location Dartmouth, Devon
Area of operation River Dart, Dartmouth, Totnes
Type of boat  40ft Aquastar
Duration of trip As per request
Capacity of boat 12 passengers
Refreshments Not provided
Suitable urn Scattering 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

Cost  On request
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Scattering ashes Dartmouth and the River Dart in Devon

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Brighton, Sussex: South Coast

Scattering ashes Brighton

Location  Brighton Marina
Area of operation  20 miles – including Hove  & Worthing
Type of boat  Aquastar 33
Duration of trip  Up to 90 minutes
Capacity of boat  10 persons
Refreshments  Tea/coffee/hot chocolate available
Additional info  Over 40 years experience
Suitable urn  Scattering 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

Cost   £145
Disabled Access   No access
Parking   Free unlimited
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Bridlington, Yorkshire : North East Coast

 

Location  Bridlington, Yorkshire
Area of operation Bridlington Bay as far south as Hornsea and north as far as Filey Bay including Flamborough Head and Bempton
Type of boat  40 foot traditional wooden boat fully licensed and insured with plenty of seating.
Duration of trip  Usually an hour, but all trips can be tailored to your requirements up to a maximum of 6 hours.
Capacity of boat  12 passengers and 2 crew with ample seating.
Refreshments  na
Additional info  All trips are carried out in a caring and sensitive manner. If you have any specific requirements please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Providing the weather is favourable we can scatter ashes all year round.
Suitable urn Scattering 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

Cost  Prices start from £100 for Bridlington Bay and increase depending on the length of trip and how far you want to go.
Parking  Parking is available at both the harbour and council car parks approx 100 yards from the boat.
Toilets are available at the top of the council car park across the road. There are also toilets 40 yards from where you board the boat.
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Chichester Hampshire scattering ashes

Chichester, West Sussex: South Coast

Scattering ashes Chichester

Location Chichester, West Sussex
Area of operation A peaceful location with a view of the Isle of Wight in the distance.
Type of boat Sail boat
Duration of trip Typically it would take a max of 2 hours from Itchenor Jetty.
Capacity of boat 6 passengers.
Refreshments Light lunch available at £10 per head – finger food.

 

Ceremony Scattering 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

Company Comments We are a husband and wife crew who offer to scatter ashes from our yacht in a peaceful location in view of the Isle of Wight. If conditions are right and you choose to do so, we may be able to turn the engine off and sail for a time with just the sound of the water and the birds. We can provide light refreshments are happy to read a verse if required.
Cost Price on application
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