Named after the location of early hydrofoil tests (Bras d’Or lakes in Cape Breton) which took place in the early years of the 20th century and also in honour of the original ship which was lost during the Second World War. Designed by DeHavilland, construction began in 1964 and was completed in 1967. The diesel engine would drive the vessel up to 23 knots, when the hull would clear the water and the gas turbine would take over. The Fast Hydrofoil Escort FHE 400 (HMCS Bras d’Or), had a full load weight of 200 tons, a length of 15 ft, a hull beam of 21.5 ft, and a foil span of 66 ft. The FHE-400 remains even today the most sophisticated and advanced design of a surface-piercing-type hydrofoil. Since 1982 she can be seen on display in the
museum (Musée Maritime Bernier) near Quebec City.
Face value : $20
Mintage : 15,000
Composition : 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
with selective gold-plating
Weight (g) : 31.103
Diameter (mm) : 38
Special features :
•The 2003 series of coins is a follow-up to the Land, Sea and
Rail series which ended in 2002. These coins highlight
modern canadian innovations in transportation whereas the
previous series of coins focused on earlier innovations.
•Unique and attractive memento or collectible for
transportation and history buffs.
•This innovative series will be popular and well-liked by