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Port Hueneme  

Sundial: 997
State/Province:  California Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 34° 8.469' N  119° 11.523' W
Location:
  • At Hueneme Beach Park, near parking lot B off East Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. The dial is located on the beach.
 
Description:
  • A large, 20 ft. diameter horizontal bronze dial constructed in memory of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, which crashed 14 miles offshore nearby on January 31, 2000, with the loss of all aboard. 88 bronze plaques surround the dial on its beveled edge honoring passengers and crew who died. The dial face is simple without hour lines but Roman numerals from 8am to 4pm to mark the hours. The thin, gleaming gnomon is decorated with dolphins at the base symbolizing the sea into which the plane fell. The sundial is set in a circular plaza 36 feet in diameter.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Port Hueneme
  • A plaque nearby describes the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261
  • Designer: James “Bud” Bottoms
  • Builder: James “Bud” Bottoms
  • Construction Date: unknown
 
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