Burial at Sea

This painting by Frank Brangwyn nicely illustrates the Royal Naval tradition of burying its dead. You can see the White Ensign being used as a cover for the burial itself. The Royal Navy demanded a practical solution to dealing with its dead so that disease did not break out on a crowded ship. This painting dates from 1890 but the ceremony has a somewhat timeless quality to it.

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