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HMCS BRAS D'OR 400

HMCS Bras d'OR 400

 

Laid down: 

Launched: 

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.

 

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

A-B

Allan, John

1928-2014

 

 

 

 

E-F

Edwards, Gordon Lewis

1931-2011

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gillespie, Gordon Duncan

1924-2015

Hazelwood, Eric Eugene

____-2015

Served in Bras d'Or as a radioman

 

 

 

S-T

Spiesz, John-Henry

1931-2009

 

 

 

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links:

HMCS Bras d'Or - Foils.org

HMCS Bras d'Or - video

Ship's company photos for HMCS Bras d'Or

 

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