Laid down: 


Commissioned: 19 Jul 1968

Paid off: 01 May 1972

Fate: on display at Musée maritime du Québec, L'Islet, Canada


HMCS BRAS D'OR, named for the scene of the first tests (of a hydrofoil in 1919 on the Bras d'Or Lake) and designated a fast hydrofoil escort (FHE), was commissioned in 1968. When "hull-born" at low speeds, the craft was driven by a 2400-BHP diesel engine, but at about 23 knots the foils lift the hull clear of the water, and propulsion was taken over by a 30,000-SHP gas turbine engine powering twin screws. Trial speeds as great as 63 knots were attained. Despite the evident success of the prototype FHE, she was laid up in 1971. In 1982 she was transferred to the Marine Museum at L'Islet-sur-Mer, near Quebec City.



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos


Youtube videos of HMCS BRAS D'OR -  Video 1     Video 2     Video 3



Commanding Officers


Cdr Constantine Cotaras, RCN - 19 Jul 68 - 06 Jul 1970


Cdr Gordon (Gordie) Lewis Edwards - 06 Jul 1970 - unk


LCdr Ian Aspinall Sturgess - unk - 01 May 1972



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Rockwell, Rod L. (Rocky), MS.ET



Photos and Documents


HMCS BRAS D'OR 400 - undated


HMCS BRAS D'OR 400 entering Halifax harbour


Courtesy of Jean Viau

BRAS D'OR 400, Spring 1970


Courtesy of Richard Larcheveque


HMCS BRAS D'OR 400 being towed in her cradle out of Halifax to Quebec.


Courtesy of Paul Smith

The hydrofoil HMCS BRAS D'OR, Musée maritime du Québec, l'Islet, Canada


Credit: Bernard Gagnon



Series of 18 photos showing HMCS BRAS D'OR picking up speed and becoming foil-born

Courtesy of Alain Roy