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Near Peggys Cove in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Swissair Flight 111 Memorial

Whalesback

 
 
Swissair Flight 111 Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, July 28, 2011
1. Swissair Flight 111 Memorial Marker
Inscription. English text only shown

The communities of Peggys Cove and Blandford were central to the recovery operation following the crash of Swissair Flight 111. The Whalesback and Bayswater Beach sites were chosen for their proximity to those communities because they have view lines to the crash site and each other.

The three sites combined - Whalesback, Bayswater, and the actual crash site - make a triangular shape, which is reflected in the design of the memorials. Whalesback is at the eastern tip of the triangle. As you stand at the monument, facing the ocean, the line on your right is a sight line to Bayswater Beach. The line on your left leads to the crash site, which lies on the horizon.

At the request of family and community members, the quiet modest memorials are consistent with the coastal environment. The names of the passengers and crew are inscribed at the burial site at Bayswater.

French text on the right side is not shown here
 
Erected by Government of Canada.
 
Location. 44° 30.42′ N, 63° 55.932′ W. Marker is near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Marker can be reached from Prospect Road (Nova Scotia Route 333) 1.6 kilometers west of
Swissair Flight 111 Memorial image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, July 28, 2011
2. Swissair Flight 111 Memorial
The memorial with Peggys Cove and St. Margarets Bay in the background.
Peggys Point Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is in a parking area at the start of a path leading to the Swissair 111 memorial. The memorial is visible from the parking area and is located at the end of the path by the shore of St. Margarets Bay. The entrance to the memorial is west of the road into Peggys Cove and in sight of the Peggys Cove lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia B3Z, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Peggy's Cove (approx. 2 kilometers away); a different marker also named Peggy's Cove (approx. 2.1 kilometers away); a different marker also named Swissair Flight 111 Memorial (approx. 10.9 kilometers away).
 
More about this marker. The memorial lies in a distinctive geologic area where the ground surface is bedrock which is covered with numerous glacially deposited boulders.
 
Regarding Swissair Flight 111 Memorial. Swissair 111 crashed at the entrance to St. Margarets Bay, NS on September 2, 1998 killing everyone on board.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Description of the Swissair 111 Crash. (Submitted on August 6, 2011, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia.)
2. Photographs of Swissair Flight 111 Memorial - Whalesback
Swissair Flight 111 Memorial image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, July 28, 2011
3. Swissair Flight 111 Memorial
The memorial consists of two boulder slabs with inscriptions. The English inscription on this slab reads:

In memory of the 229 men, women and children aboard Swissair Flight 111 who perished off these shores September 2, 1998.

They have been joined to the sea and the sky

May they rest in peace
. (Submitted on September 15, 2011, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia.)
 
Additional keywords. disaster, aircraft
 
Categories. Air & SpaceNotable Events
 
Swissair Flight 111 Memorial image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, July 28, 2011
4. Swissair Flight 111 Memorial
The English part of the inscription on the second boulder slab reads:

In grateful recognition of all those who worked tirelessly to provide assistance in the recovery operations and comfort to the families and their friends during a time of distress.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 1,266 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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