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Fastest in the World

The Saga of Canada's Revolutionary Hydrofoils

By John Boileau

$24.95 Paperback
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Series: Formac Illustrated History

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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.




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



Short-listed - Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction) - 2005

"John Boileau has done an excellent job in telling a great naval and Nova Scotian story in spite of a rather sad and typically Canadian ending."

- Doug Thomas The Bosun's Call

"Boileau does an excellent job of blending technical, human, and military factors in his story of the rise and fall of this unique vessel."

- Canadian Military History

"John Boileau has presented the saga of hydrofoil development in Canada in a very readable fashion - Fastest in the World is a good read, well illustrated. His story is a valuable contribution to the history of R and D in Canada, and Canada's failure to follow through its potential successes."

- Peter Forsberg On Track

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 96 pages
Publication Date: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9780887806216
Format: 9in x 8.25in
100+ b&w and colour illustrations

BISAC Code:  HIS027150, HIS027160, TRA006010
Imprint: Formac


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