Fastest in the World

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.

John Boileau

JOHN BOILEAU is a retired Canadian army colonel and author of ten books and nearly 300 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. He lives in Nova Scotia.

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Acknowledgements 1 $0.10

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A brief overview of the evolution of high speed transportation throughout the 20th century and an introduction to Nova Scotia’s role in the development of two record breaking watercraft: … 1 $0.10

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1870-1909. Examines the partnership of Alexander Graham Bell and Casey Baldwin and what led to the creadtion of the HD-4, a record-breaking hydrofoil. 9 $0.90

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1908-1918. Outlines the development of Baldwin and Bell’s HD series from 1 to 4 and their quest for hydrofoil self-propulsion. 12 $1.20

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1918-1948. The quest for a naval contract, the establishment of Bell-Baldwin Hydrodomes Ltd., other self-propelled hydrofoils are made. Thee legacy of the two men is briefly explored. 10 $1.00

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1948-1957. The naval applications and development of hydrofoil design are explored. 8 $0.80

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1957. Looks at the construction and launch of the Bras d’Or (Also known as R-103 and renamed Baddeck in 1962), an experimental prototype. 10 $1.00

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1966-1968. Outlines the challenges that were faced during the construction of the new Bras d’Or (Also known as FHE-400). 12 $1.20

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1971. Outlines multiple voyages of the Bras d’Or, during which it bacame the fastest warship in the world. 10 $1.00

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Examines the use of Hydrofoils after the laying up of the Bras d’Or in 1971 and what it has meant for the Canadian Navy 10 $1.00

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A timeline of innovations and events related to hydrofoil development. 2 $0.20

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Abbreviations and Glossary 1 $0.10

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Bibliography 1 $0.10

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Photo Credits 1 $0.10

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Index 2 $0.20