In 1919, the HD-4 hydrofoil broke a world marine speed record as it zipped across Baddeck Bay, reaching a speed of 114 km/h and becoming the fastest boat in the world! But reaching this milestone was no easy feat.

Alexander Graham Bell and his associate Frederick “Casey” Baldwin worked on their hydrofoils for almost fifteen years before reaching their landmark achievement.

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site holds the record of that work in the form of hydrofoil artifacts, photographs, and notes.

A number of these artifacts have been curated for our brand new “Bell-Baldwin” White Glove Tour.

The program offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the work involved in creating the HD-4.

Participants will be led to a climate-controlled storage area, where they will have the opportunity to examine artifacts that illustrate the trial-and-error approach Bell and Baldwin took to their experimentation, and learn what it takes to keep these items safe and secure. Put on a pair of your own conservationist white gloves and join us!


30 minutes
$12.27/person
Ages 12 and up
Maximum of six people per group