First Air Mail
to U.S.A.

9 October 1919



Photographs of
Plaque

Parrsboro
Cumberland County
Nova Scotia


Located near the Town Hall




Parrsboro plaque: first air mail to U.S.A.

Photographed on 4 June 2003.



Parrsboro plaque: first air mail to U.S.A.

Photographed on 4 June 2003.



Parrsboro plaque: first air mail to U.S.A.

Photographed on 4 June 2003.


The date, July 7, 1919, on this  metal  plaque  is wrong.
The Handey-Page aircraft was forced to land in Parrsboro
on Saturday,  July 5,  1919.  When this plaque was made
c.1962, four decades after the event, the date likely was
obtained from a  newspaper  clipping in an old scrapook.
Consider the publishing schedule of a daily newspaper in
Nova  Scotia  at the time  (for  morning  papers, not much
different from today) – start the press run in the late evening
to get papers into the  overnight  distribution  system in time
for delivery to subscribers near and far to receive their copies
around  breakfast  time.  The  print  run would be completed
well before dawn.  That is,  daily  newspapers  published in
Nova Scotia that Saturday would have been printed before
the crash happened.  The plane  crashed  about dawn on
Saturday, July 5th.  There were no Sunday newspapers.
The earliest newspaper report (in Nova Scotia) would
appear in the  Monday  papers.  That old (in 1962)
clipping would have been dated Monday, July 7th.
No doubt that is the origin of this plaque mistake.






In 2005, the Parrsboro Town Council
decided to demolish this cairn, to make
way for planned improvements.  The plaque
was salvaged and will be refurbished and
placed on public display in a new location.


Parrsboro air mail plaque: former location
Former location of the Air Mail 1919 plaque.

Photographed on 21 November 2005



Parrsboro air mail plaque, at the Town Public Works Department
The Air Mail 1919 plaque at the Parrsboro Public Works Department.

Photographed on 21 November 2005



Parrsboro air mail plaque, at the Town Public Works Department
The Air Mail 1919 plaque is leaning against the door.

Photographed on 21 November 2005







Clipping: New York Times, 6 July 1919

Front page, New York Times, 6 July 1919



St. John's to New York flight by Air Commodore H.G. Brackley and Admiral Mark Kerr
in the "Atlantic", forced down at Parrsboro on 5 July 1919

Parrsboro: Handley-Page airplane wrecked in Nova Scotia town, NY Times, 6 July 2019
Handley-Page airplane wrecked in Nova Scotia town
The New York Times, 6 July 2019
—Source: Handley-Page airplane wrecked in Nova Scotia town
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F0091FF83F5E157A93C4A9178CD85F4D8185F9





St. John's to New York flight by Air Commodore H.G. Brackley and Admiral Mark Kerr
in the "Atlantic", forced down at Parrsboro on 5 July 1919

Parrsboro: Handley-Page airplane being repaired, 1919
Handley-Page airplane being repaired at Parrsboro, 1919
Length of fuselage: 64 feet [19.5 metres]
Wingspan: 126 feet [38.4 metres]

The navigator's seat from the "Atlantic" is on display at
the Ottawa House By-The-Sea Museum, near Parrsboro







Links to Relevant Websites

The Handley–Page Flyer, Atlantic
Five photographs at Parrsboro
(click on the small images to see larger photos)
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~canbrnep/kerrpics6.htm


Fabric and Postcard from the Parrsboro Nova Scotia Handley Page
The postcard is dated 13 October 1919:
"This is the picture of the airplane when she fell."
    http://www.kaisersbunker.com/rfc/rfc13.htm


Handley Page V/1500 airplane
    http://www.handleypage.com/Aircraft_hp15.html


The Handley Page
An excellent detailed description of the flight that ended at Parrsboro,
by Herbert M. Friedman and Ada Kera Friedman...
    http://www.town.parrsboro.ns.ca/HandleyPageIntroduction.htm


Parrsboro Introduction
...Through a series of fateful events beginning with the emergency landing of
the Handley-Page airplane Atlantic in 1919, Parrsboro became a sister
community to Greenport, New York. In October of that year, the repaired
Atlantic carried the first international air mail from Canada to the United States
on a flight from Parrsboro to Greenport...
    http://www.town.parrsboro.ns.ca/parrsboro%20introduction.htm


Air Commodore H.G. Brackley
    http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Brackley.htm


(1)   Alcock and Brown Take the Atlantic   ...the ultimate prize was the still
unclaimed Daily Mail prize of £10,000 ($50,000) for the first nonstop crossing
of the Atlantic.  One team had a clear head start: the Handley Page team
headed by Admiral Mark Kerr.  The Handley Page V/1500 "Berlin Bomber"
was the largest aircraft built by the Allies during World War One, and was
equipped with four powerful Rolls-Royce engines...
    http://www.esparacing.com/Aviation%20history/
        daredevils/Atlantic%202.htm

The Wayback Machine has archived copies of:
Alcock and Brown Take the Atlantic
from www.esparacing.com


Archived: 2003 January 16
http://web.archive.org/web/20030116151514/http://
    esparacing.com/Aviation+history/daredevils/Atlantic+2.htm

Archived: 2003 July 13
http://web.archive.org/web/20030713225507/http://
    www.esparacing.com/Aviation+history/daredevils/Atlantic+2.htm

Archived: 2004 May 09
http://web.archive.org/web/20040509180553/http://
    www.esparacing.com/Aviation+history/daredevils/Atlantic+2.htm


These links were accessed and found to be valid on 7 February 2008.


(2)   Alcock and Brown Take the Atlantic
    http://www.pilotfriend.com/century-of-flight/Aviation%20history/
        daredevils/Atlantic%202.htm

The Wayback Machine has archived copies of:
Alcock and Brown Take the Atlantic
from www.pilotfriend.com


Archived: 2003 September 08
http://web.archive.org/web/20030908212703/http://
    www.pilotfriend.com/century-of-flight/Aviation+history/daredevils/Atlantic+2.htm

Archived: 2003 November 02
http://web.archive.org/web/20031102120320/http://
    www.pilotfriend.com/century-of-flight/Aviation+history/daredevils/Atlantic+2.htm

Archived: 2004 May 10
http://web.archive.org/web/20040510073745/http://
    www.pilotfriend.com/century-of-flight/Aviation+history/daredevils/Atlantic+2.htm

Archived: 2004 June 29
http://web.archive.org/web/20040629081804/http://
    www.pilotfriend.com/century-of-flight/Aviation+history/daredevils/Atlantic+2.htm


These links were accessed and found to be valid on 7 February 2008.




Parrsboro: first air mail to U.S.A.

Source: http://www.siegelauctions.com/2003/871/2102.jpg
Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries Inc., New York






Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia
    http://ns1763.ca/remem/plaques.html



Diligent River historic monument Diligent River historic monument Diligent River
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/diligentriv.html


Diligent River: Confederation plaque Confederation Plaque Diligent River
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/confed-diligent.html


Port Greville war memorial Port Greville war memorial Port Greville
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/greville.html


Advocate Harbour war memorial Advocate Harbour war memorial Advocate Harbour
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/advocatewarm.html


Advocate Harbour: Oldest Settlements plaque Oldest Settlements plaque, 1607 Advocate Harbour
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/advocate-oldsett.html


Advocate Harbour: Sea in Our History display Sea in Our History display Advocate Harbour
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/advocate-seahist.html


Economy war memorial Economy war memorial Economy
    http://ns1763.ca/colchco/economywarm.html


Anna Swan monument Anna Swan monument Central New Annan
    http://ns1763.ca/colchco/swanamon.html


Westchester Station war memorial Westchester Station war memorial Westchester Station
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/westchester.html


Simon Newcomb monument Simon Newcomb monument Wallace Bridge
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/newcombplq.html


Richmond war memorial Richmond war memorial Richmond
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/richmondmem.html


Oxford war memorial Oxford war memorial Oxford
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/oxfordwarmem.html


Springhill war memorial Springhill war memorial Springhill
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/sprhillwarm.html


Maccan war memorial Maccan war memorial Maccan
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/maccanmem.html


Joggins war memorial Joggins war memorial Joggins
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/joggwarmem.html


A.P. Seaman plaque and tombstone A.P. Seaman plaque and tombstone Minudie
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/seamanmon.html


Amos Seaman's two churches Amos Seaman's two churches Minudie
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/minudie2c.html


Cumberland County war memorial Cumberland County war memorial Amherst
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/cumberlandwar.html


North Nova Scotia Highlanders memorial mural North Nova Scotia Highlanders memorial mural Amherst
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/amhermural.html


Yorkshire Settlers plaque Yorkshire Settlers plaque River Philip
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/yorkshirem.html


Wentworth Valley war memorial Wentworth Valley war memorial Wentworth
    http://ns1763.ca/cumberco/wentworthm.html


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First uploaded to the WWW:   2003 November 03
Added Handley-Page photograph:   2004 April 14
New photographs installed:   2005 November 22
Added New York Times clipping:   2008 February 07
Latest update:   2013 November 18