Given that ships have now sailed/steamed the seven seas for hundreds of years, it should be no surprise that many persons have been buried at sea. This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) includes thousands of such burials:
Global, Find a Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
You can use this search to find records of such burials:
SEARCH—KEYWORD at sea (Exact) 19,893 hits
You can add a date or place to limit your search results:
SEARCH—DEATH 1912 (Exact) KEYWORD at sea (Exact) 1.016 hits
Choosing 1912 as DEATH YEAR includes victims of the Titanic disaster in your results.
Choosing a war year as DEATH YEAR increases the number of your search results:
SEARCH—DEATH 1942 (Exact) KEYWORD at sea (Exact) 2,526 hits
SEARCH—DEATH 1943 (Exact) KEYWORD at sea (Exact) 2,084 hits
SEARCH—DEATH 1944 (Exact) KEYWORD at sea (Exact) 3,963 hits
SEARCH—DEATH 1945 (Exact) KEYWORD at sea (Exact) 1,277 hits
The following search returns many listings for sailors who died when the U.S.S. Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine:
SEARCH—DEATH—DAY 30 MONTH July YEAR 1945 (Exact) KEYWORD at sea (Exact) 86 hits
You may also search for specific individuals in this record collection.
You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.