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Burial at sea George Jaenicke grjaenicke I have a question for all you “old salts” in this group. I remember reading somewhere years ago, that when a sailor is buried at sea he is placed in a canvas sack with a large artillery shell between his legs, then the bag is stitched shut. The last stitch is supposed to be taken through the sailors lip. Is this true? But my real question is what is the significance of the stitch through the lip?

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