Embrace the Eternal Connection with the Sea
At Curlew Charters, we understand the profound allure of the sea – a timeless force that has captivated humanity for generations. Seeking enlightenment, tranquility, and comfort, many individuals choose the ocean as their final resting place. We specialize in providing dignified, graceful, and stylish burials at sea, offering you the opportunity to scatter the ashes of your loved ones in a truly unique and meaningful way.Learn More About Our Services
Unveiling the Historic Sailing Schooner Curlew
Our vessel, the Historic Sailing Schooner Curlew, stands as a testament to craftsmanship and maritime history. Built in 1926 by skilled artisans using the finest woods, Curlew embodies both strength and beauty. The wind, wood, and water connection on this historic vessel create a special platform for the solemn act of scattering cremated remains.
Honoring Your Loved Ones with Tradition
In true nautical fashion, as you lower our flower-covered basket cradling the ashes, we perform a symbolic ritual. The ship's bell tolls eight times, signifying the last watch, cannons fire in a three-round military salute (by request), and a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace fills the air. As a keepsake, you'll receive a frameable certificate capturing this moment.
Sailing Through History with Curlew:
A Maritime Legacy
Curlew, since January 31, 1940, has been a maritime icon. Donated to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, she served in WWII and later at the USCG Guard Recruit Training Center until 1960.
Sailor Testimonials offer insights into her legacy. Bill Andree recalls every boot camp experiencing a one-day training on Curlew in 1954. Robert Nogueira's account from the late 1950s confirms her role in basic training. There are even unconfirmed claims of President Kennedy sailing on Curlew in 1960.
Honoring Veterans with Respect
While naval tradition dictates that a burial at sea for veterans is typically handled by the Navy during deployment, the ceremony excludes civilians from being present. Curlew steps in as a respectful, first-class alternative, providing families the opportunity to commemorate their loved ones with dignity and style.
For a deeper understanding of Naval Traditions and Burial at Sea, you can explore: Military.com – Burial at Sea: a Time Honored Tradition
Curlew Charters is committed to preserving history and offering a meaningful farewell to those who have served.
Serving Southern California
Departing from the picturesque Dana Point Harbor, our services extend to families across Southern California – Orange County, San Diego County, Los Angeles County, and the Inland Empire.
Let us assist your family in scattering the ashes of your loved ones with dignity and grace.Schedule Your Memorium With Honor
Robert A Harrison, Owner
Phone: (949) 922-2759
Choose Curlew Charters for a burial at sea that honors tradition, embraces the sea's timeless connection, and provides a memorable tribute to your loved ones.