~ Cremation with Burial at Sea ~
~ $995 ~

All Cremation Burials at Sea will consist of:

  Transport of the deceased to the funeral home (up to 45 miles)
~   Refrigeration for up to 5 days
~   All document processing for the certificate of death
~   Maricopa County Disposition Permit and Fee
~   One death certificate for social security
~   A cardboard cremation container (up to 250 lbs)(view)
~   Transport to the crematory
~   Cremation process for a standard size adult (up to 250 lbs)
~   Placement of the cremains in a black plastic container (view)
~   Shipment of cremains to San Francisco via registered mail
~   San Francisco County Disposition Permit required for ocean scattering
~   Transport of cremains aboard the "MV Dixie" to scattering point
~   Unwitnessed sea scattering outside of San Francisco Bay past the Golden Gate Bridge
~   Prayer or Poem reading by the boat Captain
~   Ringing of the ships bell
~   Certificate of "Scattering at Sea"
~   Witness scattering availiable, please inquire for charges

...I feel calmed and soothed, whether I sail upon a calm sea,
or walk next to a violent shoreline, now I am at peace....


 ~ Cremation Burial at Sea ~
~ A Time Honored Tradition ~

Written about in epic poems and chosen by modern day heros, a Burial at Sea has been embraced by ancient cultures, mariners and western societies since the dawn of time.

In ancient times, viking chieftains hoped to reach Valhalla. They were placed in ships after their death, and set ablaze. Ancient egyptians also sent their dead off to sea floating on papyrus rafts. Throughout the South Pacific it was customary to place the body in a canoe and to launch it on the water. In particular, residents of the Solomon Islands and Hawaii took bodies of deceased fishermen, wrapped them in a red cloth, and placed in the ocean.

From the age of sail in the fifteenth century to the naval battles of WWII, sailors committed the bodies of their shipmates to the ocean depths. In early times, it was believed a formal burial service would prevent the deceased mariner from becoming an unquiet spirit of the deep. During WWII when naval forces operated at sea for weeks and months at a time, sea burials became a logistical necessity.

Military personel, be them active duty, retired or veteran receive this scattering service at no charge aboard a United States Naval vessel underway with the exception of the permit fee and mailing charges from a location and time most convenient to the government. This is an unwitnessed event.

In todays culture, tradition, economics and spiritual conviction has made Burial at Sea a matter of personal choice. There are several types of sea burials for those choosing this ancient tradition. Presented to you today is "ashes scattered at sea".

~ Cremated Remains/Ashes ~

Cremated remains shall be buried in or on ocean waters without regard to the depth limitations at least 1/4 nautical miles from any point of land off the coast of California. Here you have the choice of scattering the ashes on the water or placing a biodegradable urn on the water as it naturally disolves.

"Scattering at Sea" describes the procedure of spreading of human cremated remains in the ocean, normally from a ship or boat. Usually by the ships or boats Captain, Master or Skipper. All titles hold the same authority to legally satisfy the requierments by law.

Any person is eligible for burial at sea, with or without witness of the committal service. The Captain of the vessel will render the ceremonial honors and will present a certificate with the exact date, time, sea conditions latitude and longitude of the scattering. The family is also allowed to accompany the cremated remains to the scattering point should the family wish to travel to the event site, to witness the scattering beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, outside of San Francisco Bay.

~The Mystery of Commiting Ashes to the Sea ~

Because family members usually do not attend, an air of mystery and questions seems to surround the committal service. Before you request burial at sea, or if a family member has requested it, be sure you're familiar with the committal service, The procedure and the amount of pride and dignity a ship or vessels Captain places in such a traditionally nautical event.

All too often, people don't make their burial plans in advance and family members are left to handle the arrangements not knowing if it is your desire to be sent to the deep. If you find yourself in this situation, ensure you make it aware to your family or friends that it is your wish to be scattered at sea.

~ The MV 'DIXIE' ~

The MV 'Dixie' is a 32ft Monterey Clipper double ender fishing boat. She was built 1n 1924 by G. Beviaqua at the Genoa Boat Works in Fisherman’s Grotto in San Francisco. Mario Beviaqua told me his father and two men built these boats in 6 weeks and they sold for $5,000. Her first owner was Guseppi DiMaggio who gave her the name ‘LIBIA’. In 1931 the Department of Fish and Game gave her the license number 356. She’s a “Documented” vessel; her history is on file with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The DiMaggio family fished the boat until her sale in 1936. In her fifty plus years in the commercial fishing fleet she has fished the West Coast from Alaska to Mexico, has been licensed for every fishery and since 1994, became a rare and genuine tourist attraction in Fisherman’s Grotto. Powered by a new Yammar 3 cycle engine, 'DIXIE' “shuttles” tourists from all over the world around the bay and has taken part in countless cremation sea scatterings for individuals from all over the United States and the world.

~ Meet Captain Maury Polse ~

Captain Maury Polse is a San Francisco Bay native, born on the island of Alameda, a few yards from the Bay, in 1950. For most of his life he has been on the water. His father Burton’s first boat was an ex-Navy launch purchased in 1955. Captain "Maury" (as he is refered to by all that cross his brow) well, his first command was the ‘DIXIE’. Purchased sight-unseen, sunk at Bethel Island in 1983. He raised her and a week later sailed her to 5th Ave. on the Oakland Estuary for repairs. Once completed, with "The Admiral”, Frannie, his wife and his three boys Aaron, David and Jake as crew he explored the Bay and Delta from San Jose to Sacramento.

Donating the use of ‘DIXIE’ for charitable causes the Captain was inspired to become a professional mariner. He earned his 100 ton Masters License in 1993. In 1994 he began operating ‘DIXIE’ Charters. Captain Polse offers full service charters for up to six passengers, at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. In 1995 his operation was invited to move to Fisherman’s Wharf to offer more nostalgic services for tourism and Fishermans Wharf has remained the home of ‘DIXIE’ Charters, right across the street from the DiMaggio building, the original owners of ‘DIXIE’. Captain Polse is licenced, registered and "certified" as a cremated remains disposal expert with the state of California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau. Records are kept on file in Sacramento at (916) 574-7870 . He is required to renew his registration anually.

...I feel calmed and soothed, whether I sail upon a calm sea,
or walk next to a violent shoreline, now I am at peace....

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