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Old 04-03-2009, 20:17   #1
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Grim Reaper Question

So my wife and I were talking about a long south pacific passage. She says that if I died 10 days from shore that she would have to dump me overboard. I told her that she shouldn't throw me overboard and wait until we reached port. She say's that I would decay and become disease ridden and the boat would be unlivable.

What actually happens.
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Old 04-03-2009, 20:55   #2
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I agree with your wife - unless she can shove your body into the freezer, a burial at sea is probably the best idea.
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How about a viking funeral where she gets in the life raft and burns you on your yacht.
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Old 04-03-2009, 21:40   #4
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Throw me overboard. I wouldn't have it any other way. That said, I believe that is acceptable practice under those circumstances for the exact reasons she pointed out.
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Old 04-03-2009, 21:46   #5
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How about a viking funeral where she gets in the life raft and burns you on your yacht.


Another good reason not to get a liferaft.

I'm just afraid she will dump me without checking my pulse if I over sleep on a long watch.
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salt, lots of salt!

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, a burial at sea is probably the best idea.
We wrapped'em all in a mains'l tight with twice ten turns of a hausers bight. And we heaved'em over and out of sight with a yo heave ho and fare ye well.
And a sullen plunge in a sullen swell ten fathoms deep on a road to hell.
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!


But when you get to port you would be a suspect of murder. Bring lots of salt.
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Old 04-03-2009, 23:20   #8
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Don't be daft!

2 people on a boat. 1 arrives at port and says the other died of natural causes and was buried at sea.

Sound at all suspicious as you try to collect the insurance/inheritance?

Put up with the smell for a few days till you can get it to shore! Then you have the evidence (2 knives in the back) of how Hubbie died!


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Get on the HF, Satphone or whatever. Tell some land based authority (perferably 1st world) what happened and ask what to do next.

If you make a decision on your own, it will considered wrong at least by somebody. Hand ball the decision to those who make the rules.
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This is another justification for carrying sufficient spirits on board.

Admiral Nelson's body was persevered by being placed in a cask of brandy for the trip back from his victory at Trafalgar.

The legend is that the barrel was mostly empty when it arrived in England from sailors taking a sip through a straw - the origin of the term "tapping the admiral"

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I've never heard the term "tapping the admiral"; I have heard of Nelson's blood - rum, which afaik was his preservative, not brandy.
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I'm sure there are lots of sailors who have "tapped the admiral" although I never heard it called that before.
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I think it best that she troll you for a while... If you were just asleep, you will probably wake up...if not, well she might catch dinner!
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I've never heard the term "tapping the admiral"; I have heard of Nelson's blood - rum, which afaik was his preservative, not brandy.
Though Nelson’s body was preserved in this way, albeit in brandy not rum, the story is clearly a folk legend.
A related expression, “suck the monkey”, was current in the London docks in the nineteenth century, describing the practice of boring a hole in a cask of spirits to steal the contents.

"Tapping the Admiral"
"England expects every man to do his duty"

And Snopes:
snopes.com: Body Found in Barrel
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How about a viking funeral where she gets in the life raft and burns you on your yacht.
I take it sticking the body in the dingy and run as line out as you reasonably can is out of the question? No matches needed
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