Hugal Passage
1. Hugal Passage Hugal’s Passage (Mariners Farewell), 2020 120 cm w x 150 cm h, oil on canvas
Detail
2. Detail
Fair winds
3. Fair winds Fair winds (Mariners Farewell), 2020 120 cm w x 150 cm h, oil on canvas
Following seas
4. Following seas Following seas (Mariners Farewell), 2020 120 cm w x 150 cm, oil on canvas
Ribbon of green
5. Ribbon of green Ribbon of Green ( seaweed) 2020 75 x 75 cm, oil on canvas
Seagrass 1
6. Seagrass 1 Seagrass 1, 2020 25 x 25cm, oil on canvas

Historical Remnants

In Australia no permit is required to scatter ashes at sea. A captain of a ship can take your loved one’s ashes along on a voyage and as the ashes are scattered, the mariner’s farewell verse is read as the ship’s bell tolls eight times.
Or you can take your own boat out, free the ashes into the wind and toss flowers into the water, as a final farewell.
Hugal’s passage is the passage of sea between Garden and Carnac Islands, also called Challenger Passage. This was where my father often sailed and we scattered his ashes there, on the 23 February 2019. (Lat 32°4'59.98" Lon 115°38'6.01")

The Roman Catholic Church believes it is not proper to scatter or pour cremated remains over the sea, water, or on the land. "The church separates itself from attitudes and rites that see in death the definitive obliteration of the person, a stage in the process of reincarnation or the fusion of one's soul with the universe" Cardinal Muller, Catholic News service, 25 Oct 2016
Many people believe in exactly those three attitudes; Rock Hudson, Neil Armstrong, Robin Williams, Janis Joplin all requested their ashes be scattered at sea.
There are other reasons for such a watery memorial too; The ashes of Titanic's fourth officer, Joseph Boxhall, were scattered at sea following his death, aged 83, in 1967, at 41°46N 50°14W, the position he had calculated for the ship on the night of the sinking. And Osama bin Laden’s ashes were also scattered at sea because as one U.S. official stated: "finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world's most wanted terrorist would have been difficult". It was also done to prevent his burial place from becoming a ‘terrorist shrine’.