Portmarnock in County Fingal, Leinster, Ireland — Mid-East (and Dublin)
The Southern Cross Monument
By Rachel Joynt & Remco DeFouw
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’
‘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.’
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. Touch for map. Monument is near Lali's Italian Ristorante.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 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.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Communications • Heroes • Notable Events •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2009. This page has been viewed 1,743 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 23, 2009.