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19th century sailor buried in Northern California

Apr. 24, 2013 - 09:13AM   |  
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MENDOCINO, CALIF. — A sailor who died 150 years ago off the rocky coast of Northern California was finally given a proper burial by dozens of people who paid tribute to an anonymous man they say represented the state’s pioneer spirit.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported that California State Parks officials were among those who gathered under sunny skies for the funeral Tuesday at a Mendocino cemetery.

Mourners heard speeches and poems and took turns shoveling dirt onto the coffin as the song “High Winds and High Waves” sounded on bagpipes.

The newspaper said the burial plot where the skeletal remains were buried has a sweeping view of the coastal town and the bay where it’s thought the young man drowned.

The sailor’s crude redwood coffin was exposed in 1986 on Mendocino’s ocean bluffs.

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