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PW2-2HMCS Bras d’Or: HMCS Bras d’Or was a hydrofoil introduced into the Royal Canadian Navy in 1968. At the time she was the fastest warship in the world.

HMCS Bras D’Or (FHE 400) was designated a fast hydrofoil escort and commissioned in 1968. When “hull borne” at low speeds she was driven by a 2400 BHP diesel engine. At about 23 knots, the foils lifted the craft clear of the water and propulsion was taken over by a 30,000 SHP gas turbine that was capable of propelling her up to about 63 knots which made her the fastest unarmed warship in the world.

HydrofoilHMCS Bras D’Or under construction

Hydrofoil at speedAt Speed

Despite the excellent sea-keeping qualities of the ship and her successful sea trials, the program was abruptly cancelled in 1971 and laid up for five years. She was saved from the scrapyard when she was donated to the Musée Maritime du Québec at L'Islet-sur-Mer, Quebec where she remains today.

Submitted by: Gordon Jenkins

 

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