Funnel with Calypso logo
Picture taken in 1991 in Batangas province, southwestern of Luzon Island,
The Calypso was at that time, docking for maintenance and repairs.
I had at that time the extreme chance of being able to stay on board for a few days.
RV Calypso is a ship that Jacques-Yves Cousteau, one of the most important researchers in oceanography, equipped as a mobile laboratory for field research.
After being sank accidentally by a barge in Singapore in 1996, Calypso was raised by a 230-foot crane, patched and pumped dry before being put in shipyard and shipped back to Marseille. Neglected for many years, Calypso is finally being refurbished since 2007 in Brittany France.
Even though exact future is unclear, she should become an environmental ship cruising in the Mediterranean see.
(1941 - 1947) British Minesweeper
(1947 - 1950) Maltese Ferry
(1950 - 1997) Jacques-Yves Cousteau's Calypso
(1997 - present) Cousteau Society
Class and type : British Yard Minesweeper Mark 1 Class Motor
Name : HMS J-826
Builder : Ballard Marine Railway Company, Seattle,
Laid down : 12 August 1941
Launched : 21 March 1942
Commissioned : February 1943
Fate : Reclassified as BYMS-2026 in 1944, laid up
at Malta and finally struck from the Naval Register in 1947.
Picture added on 18 February 2009