Fastest in the World

The Saga of Canada's Revolutionary Hydrofoils

John Boileau

Date Published :
October 2004
Publisher :
Formac Publishing Ltd.
Illustration :
100+ b&w and color illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9780887806216
Pages : 96
Dimensions : 9 X 8.25 inches
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Like the builders of the Avro Arrow, the pioneers of hydrofoils are celebrated in this book for their world-class accomplishments.

When Alexander Graham Bell was experimenting with flying machines, he developed hydrofoils as a means of getting airborne from water. In 1919, on the Bras d'Or lakes in Cape Breton, Bell and his collaborator Casey Baldwin broke a world speed record when their prototype HD-4 skimmed across the waves at 61.5 knots.

Fifty years later, the Canadian navy set a record for the fastest speed of any warship with their hydrofoil craft, HMCS Bras d'Or.

In Fastest in the World, John Boileau tells the story of the naval architects and engineers, excited by the prospect of developing high-speed submarine chasers, who built this world-class vessel.

This book examines how, just when Canada was on the brink of taking a unique role in anti-submarine warfare, the government withdrew support for the Bras d'Or. The orphaned vessel is now on view at the Maritime Museum of Quebec at l'Islet near Quebec City.

About The Author

JOHN BOILEAU is a retired Canadian army colonel and author of twelve books and 500 articles. He is a frequent commentator on military issues for radio and television and a lecturer to service organizations and historical societies. In 2010 the Minister of National Defence appointed him Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Halifax Rifles (RCAC) and in 2014 he became the unit's Honorary Colonel. He lives in Nova Scotia.





Part I: Baddeck

Chapter 1 — Bell & Baldwin

Chapter 2 — "A Boat Which is Not a Boat"

Chapter 3 — End of An Era

Part II: Bras d'Or

Chapter 4 — The Canadian Hydrofoil Project

Chapter 5 — Remembering Bell & Baldwin

Chapter 6 — The New Bras d'Or

Chapter 7 — Bras d'Or Flies ... & Falls

Chapter 8 — Not Made in Canada

Chronology of Hydrofoil Development

Abbreviations & Glossary

Select Bibliography

Photo Credits


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