Law: Sea Burial

Unknown to most ocean travelers, every major liner carries a couple of coffins and its ship's doctor is a qualified embalmer. While ship captains by immemorial law of the sea have the right to order burial of bodies at sea, such is a non-sailor's horror of this type of burial that the bodies of persons dying aboard ship today are usually embalmed and turned over to authorities at the decedent's home port.

Two years ago, returning on the lie de-France, Miss Elizabeth Ann Ahearn, 68, a devout school principal of Danvers, Mass. who...

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