Canadian and European Hydrofoil Developments

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Wooden master/template for casting of the blades of the foilborne propeller for Bras d’Or. I recall that this was on display at the canadian navy museum which is also in Halifax near their naval base. The trailing edge of this fixed pitch supercavitating propeller blade is nearest to the camera. The two foilborne propellers rotated at around 1800 RPM. A second set of propellers designed for hullborne operation were also fitted. They were controllable pitch and rotated at around 315 RPM. Description and photo from Martin Grimm
Display model of Bras d’Or at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax. Description and photo from Martin Grimm
“Bremer Pioneer” test model Found in Bremerhaven, Germany in the “Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum”.

Photo by Christof Schramm

Photos of the Luerrsen Prototype found in the “Technikmuseum Speyer” in Germany 2001.

Photos by Christof Schramm




Wendell’sches Schnellschiff (“Wendell Fastship”)
Another Test vehicle of the Fifties
Found on the outside display of the “Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum” in Bremerhaven, GermanyPhotos by Christof Schramm


Supramar/Rodriquez PT-20 In 1954, Supramar gave their first license to build craft of their design to the Leopoldo Rodriquez Shipyard in Messina, Italy. In 1955, Rodriquez started production of the 32-ton PT-20, a 72-passenger hydrofoil with a cruise speed of 35 knots.

The first of the series was named FRECCIA DEL SOLE It was built to satisfy maritime regulations and became the first passenger hydrofoil to receive class certification. It reduced the port-to-port time from Messina to Reggio di Calabria to one quarter of that of the conventional ferry boats.
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PT 20 photos taken by Lorenzo Bonasera in January 1997
PT20 with PT50, stored for winter. (26k)

PT20 stored for winter. (20k)

PT20 Arriving (40k)

PT20 Freccia del Peloro (119k)
Rodriquez RHS200
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The Supramar-designed PT-50 series, of which FLECHA DE ORIENTE and PATANE are examples, was designed for offshore and inter-island operations. The prototype of this 63-ton hydrofoil was completed early in 1958, and production versions have seen extensive use in regular passenger services in various areas including the Baltic, the Mediterranean, and the Japanese Inland Sea. Click here for model PT-50
FLECHA DE ORIENTE One of the very first PT50. Built during 1959 for Naveca, Caracas. Was plying between Bobures and Maracaibo.
SHEARWATER An H-57 in Red Funnel livery, made by the SEAFLIGHT shipyard, in Messina.
During the second half of the sixties, they started producing a smaller hydrofoil: the type “CD 46”. Later on, some years after, a larger hydrofoil was produced: the type “H 57” of which this is an example. This is also shown in the Stamps page

Hessen 2, Hessen 6 & Hessen 10
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Proposed Polish Navy Hydrofoil
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