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Portmarnock in County Fingal, Leinster, Ireland — Mid-East (and Dublin)
 

The Southern Cross Monument

By Rachel Joynt & Remco DeFouw

 
 
The Southern Cross Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 21, 2009
1. The Southern Cross Monument Marker
Inscription.  
This sculpture celebrates Portmarnock's unique role in world aviation history. This beach, known as the Velvet Strand, was used as a runway for the first successful East-West Transatlantic flight, on 24th June 1930.

After a gruelling 33 hours the ‘Southern Cross’ landed at Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. It was the final leg of the first circumnavigation of the globe by aircraft. The pilot was Australian Aviator Sir Charles Kingford Smith, Co-pilot Evert Van Dyk, Irish Navigator Capt. Paddy Saul, Wireless Operator John Stannage.

The Velvet Strand was also used by aviators Jim Mollison to achieve the first solo East-West crossing of the Atlantic in the ‘Hearts Content’, and by Charles Ulm in ‘Faith in Australia’

Artist's Title
‘Eccentric Orbit’

‘The globes axis & bronze needle points directly at the North Star. This fixed point around which all stars appear to revolve has been used for navigation for thousands of years.’

 
Topics. This historical marker and monument is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceCommunications
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HeroesNotable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is June 24, 1930.
 
Location. 53° 25.931′ N, 6° 7.467′ W. Marker is in Portmarnock, Leinster, in County Fingal. Marker is on Strand Road (Road 106) 0.3 kilometers south of Wendell Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Monument is near Lali's Italian Ristorante. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Velvet Strand / An Trá Chaoin (a few steps from this marker); Malahide / Mullach Íde (approx. 2.8 kilometers away); The Ready Boat Pillar (approx. 5.9 kilometers away); Howth The Village / Binn Éadair ______ (approx. 6 kilometers away); Lost At Sea (approx. 6.1 kilometers away); The Lord Killanin (approx. 6.3 kilometers away); Howth Abbey, St. Marys / "Mainistir" Bhinn Éadair (approx. 6.3 kilometers away); St Mary's Church / Eaglais Mhuire (approx. 6.3 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .
1. The Southern Cross. (Submitted on December 23, 2009.)
2. Charles Kingford Smith. (Submitted on December 23, 2009.)
3. Charles Ulm. (Submitted on December 23, 2009.)
 
The Southern Cross Monument and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 21, 2009
2. The Southern Cross Monument and Marker
The Velvet Strand marker to left, with Lambay Island at distant center.
The Southern Cross Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 21, 2009
3. The Southern Cross Monument
Looking south along the Velvet Strand toward the Howth Peninsula at left distance.
Flight Path on the Southern Cross Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 21, 2009
4. Flight Path on the Southern Cross Monument
Flight path (brass dots) across north Atlantic Ocean from Ireland (upper right), across Newfoundland and along east coast of Canada and United States.
Flight Path on the Southern Cross Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 21, 2009
5. Flight Path on the Southern Cross Monument
Brass dots mark Southern Cross flight path across the continental United States.
Flight Path on the Southern Cross Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 21, 2009
6. Flight Path on the Southern Cross Monument
Flight path (brass dots) across Ireland and Great Britain.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,260 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 23, 2009.

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