The Southern Cross Monument

The Southern Cross Monument (HMH47)

Location: Portmarnock, Dublin 30673 Fingal
Country: Ireland
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N 53° 25.931', W 6° 7.467'

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By Rachel Joynt & Remco DeFouw

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 neelde 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.'
HM NumberHMH47
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 11:35pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)29U E 691023 N 5924200
Decimal Degrees53.43218333, -6.12445000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 53° 25.931', W 6° 7.467'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds53° 25' 55.86" N, 6° 7' 28.02" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 194-468 R106, Portmarnock Dublin 30673, IE
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