Refit of Cousteau’s Calypso begins anew
Last updated: November 2, 2017 at 3:36 am
[ 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 in an advanced stage of decay for a decade. 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.