SeaCeremony - In The News

Seaside Send-Off

Connecticut Magazine
June, 2011

Recognizing that fulfilling a loved one’s last wish to have their ashes scattered at sea is not always an easy task, southeastern Connecticut residents Bob Scott and Ray Gaulke recently launched SeaCeremony. Operating out of Saybrook Point Marina in Old Saybrook, the pair takes up to six passengers out three miles (the legal limit) in Long Island Sound aboard the 26-foot wooden Ebony for dignified memorial services, where ashes are dispersed properly. Special ceremonies for veterans (including a bagpiper) and optional extras like biodegradable floating urns are also available.

Inspired by a friend whose mother’s remains sat on a shelf for three years, Scott says he hopes SeaCeremony can reach out to those "who have an urn in a closet waiting for an opportunity to fulfill a loved one’s final request."

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New Company Offers Burial at Sea

Windcheck Magazine
July, 2011

A new company called Sea Ceremony is now offering burial at sea ceremonies, scattering the ashes of loved ones at sea. “We have a classic Lyman powerboat and are operating out of the Saybrook Point Inn at the mouth of the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook, CT,” said co-founder Ray Gaulke, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain. “This great location gives our clients a great place for an event before or after the scattering.” Ceremonies are held three miles offshore in Long Island Sound. Ebony, Sea Ceremony’s beautifully restored 26-foot wooden boat, has room for six guests. A keepsake of water from the site will be presented to the family, and special services are available. For more information, call 860- 598-9090 or visit

Burial at Sea Becoming More Common

By Michael Puffer, Replublican American News
July 25, 2011

Robert Veach, 53, calls himself an "ocean guy."

He has been leading fishing charters for 28 years, six of those full-time, since retiring from the state police. He plans to have his ashes spread in the ocean after he dies. He would prefer to hit the Gulf Stream, where he loves to fish for tuna and swordfish. It's beautiful and tropical, he said.

But most of his family wouldn't be up for a trip 100 miles offshore, so he plans to be scattered in Block Island Sound. (news story continued at

Connecticut Magazine - Seaside Send-Off

Windcheck Magazine - Burial at Sea Service

Republican American News - Dust to Dust, Ashes to Ashes - And Gulf Stream