Refit of Cousteau’s Calypso restarts

By | 2018-05-30T16:25:20+00:00 December 2, 2016|Diving History|

Refit of Cousteau’s Calypso begins anew

Last updated: May 30, 2018 at 16:25 pm

[2016] Jacques-Yves Cousteau‘s famed oceanographic vessel Calypso is moved to Turkey for a full refit, including new engines. Calypso’s sad saga began in 1996 when she was struck and sunk by a barge in Singapore. She was salvaged and initially towed to Marseille (France) before being tied up in Larochelle for a decade in an advanced stage of decay. She was towed to Piriou shipyard in Concarneau for a complete refit in 2007 but work was never completed. In March 2015, the Piriou shipyard seeked a legal order to sell the historic ship in order to recover financial losses. Subsequent talks to repair and relocate Calypso to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco for permanent exhibit were unsuccessful.


EDITOR’S NOTE
A fire broke out on Calypso while undergoing refit at the Turkish shipyard on September 11, 2017. Only new construction on the ship was damaged by the fire and all of Calypso‘s historical components were reportedly spared. As of May 29, 2018, no official information has been released on the condition of the ship or if the refit is still underway.
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