Sewing Machine Coffin

If someone died aboard an immigrant ship in 1898?

what would have been done with the body?

In 1898 my grandmother and her three children left Naples, Italy aboard the S.S. Victoria (also named Manitou) for New York. During the crossing her 5 month old daughter died aboard ship. I am assuming the body would have been tossed overboard into the sea. Can anyone shed some light on this? I have been searching on-line all day for the answer to this question and have found nothing on the subject except for the case with Irish immigrants during the Potato Famine who died in great numbers and were buried at sea. I'm certain my grandmother would have been traveling in steerage if that makes any difference. If you don't have an answer perhaps you could steer me to a website or book on the subject of immigration deaths at sea aboard U.S. and British ships during that period.

Thanks

Buried at sea. If there was a priest on board he probably would have conducted a short, sad service. If not, the ship's captain would probably have conducted it.

I say "probably" because, without a time machine you can't really tell. If the ship's logs are preserved somewhere you could look it up. It is physically possible there wasn't a priest and the captain was violently ant-Catholic, so someone else did the service; it is physically possible there wasn't one.

"Tossed overboard" is not the right term. She was probably sewn into a canvas sack - they might even have had the ship's carpenter make up a coffin - weighted, and sent to rest with a short Christian service.

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