HMCS BRAS D'OR 400

 

Hydrofoil

 


 

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.

 


 

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

 

 


 

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

 


 

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