Several of you asked that I post responses to my request for where 
to get a death certificate for someone who died at sea. 

From TheShipsList mailing list :
(and if any of Recommend that you secure a copy of the following 
publication which will advise where to obtain the record of 
death occurring on vessels on the high seas: 

Where to Write For Vital Records Updated 12/18/98 
Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces U.S. 
Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Centers 
for Disease Control and Prevention 

Your local public library may have a copy of the publication or 
you may obtain it, for a small fee, from the 

U.S. Government Printing Office. 
Robert D. Peterson 
e-mail address:
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