…not fast, but accurate would do.
Here’s the situation: Our housekeeper tells us that her father, who’s getting on in years (well, he’s a hale and healthy 73), has decided what kind of send-off he wants after he kicks the bucket.
He’s already constructed a scale model of a Viking ship. I haven’t seen it, but she describes it as being about the size you would make a tabletop centerpiece. Maybe three and a half feet long. And it has a recess into which a crowd of bereaved loved ones hopped up on akvavit could pour a container of human ashes. And a pair of recesses fore and aft, which can be filled with a fluid such as ink, in case his soul wishes to write someone a letter from Valhalla, or perhaps kerosene, for if someone decides to umm, bring a supply of kerosene to a stranded camper on the other side of the lake. Or something.
You probably see where the old guy is going with this. The idea is that when his personal Ragnarök arrives, his remains will be cremated; the ashes will be flown to a state on which Lake Superior has a shoreline, and loaded into the longship. The wells will be filled with kerosene. The ship will be sent across the water with the kerosene wells alight, and his mortal remains will light the northern sky as he sails into the Great Beyond.
Is there ANYWHERE on the lake where activities such as this would be carried out without violating state, federal, or Canadian laws (can’t rule out Canada as a point of embarkation, in case they’re more sympathetic to the tradition than other authorities)?
Thanks very much for any information you can offer me.