CALYPSO, The

France (1941- )

Last updated: January 18, 2020 at 18:29 pm

Royal Navy BYMS-1 Class Motor Minesweeper: laid down 12 August 1941 as BYMS-26 by the Ballard Marine Railway Co., Inc., Seattle, WA; completed and transfered to Great Britain in August 1942 as J-826; converted to a car ferry and named Calypso in 1947; acquired by Loël Guinness in 1950 and offered to Jacques-Yves Cousteau who transformed it into an oceanographic vessel; struck by a barge and sunk at Singapore (1996); salvaged and towed to Marseille, France; tied up in Larochelle in an advanced stage of decay for a decade; towed to Piriou shipyard in Concarneau for complete refit in 2007 but work not completed; shipyard seeks legal order to sell the historic ship in March 2015; failed talks held with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in March 2015 to repair and permanently exhibit Calypso at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, where Jacques-Yves Cousteau served as the director for more than three decades; moved to the Aykin Shipyard in Turkey in 2016 for a full refit, including new engines; damaged by fire during refit in September 2017 (only newly built structural elements are destroyed); work on Calypso‘s new wooden hull is completed in June 2018¹ followed by a work stoppage pending the insurance claim settlement²; wooden rib taken from Calypso is donated to Heritage Malta in 2019 for exhibit at the Malta Maritime Museum in 2021³.


EDITOR’S NOTE
A fire broke out on Calypso while undergoing refit at the Turkish shipyard on September 12, 2017. Only new construction on the ship was damaged by the fire and all of Calypso‘s historical components were reportedly spared. On June 11, 2018, Équipe Cousteau announced¹ that Calypso’s new wooden hull had been completed. The announcement included photos of Calypso‘s new hull. As of June 12, 2019, the Cousteau Society was awaiting the insurance claim settlement to resume the refit².

SHIP’S COMPANY (1950-1996)

(Provisional list)

CAPTAINS

PHYSICIANS

ALIBERT, Camille
BASSAGET, Jean-Paul
BOUGARAN, Alain
BRENOT, Roger
CAILLARD, Claude
FALCO, Albert
GOURLAOUEN, Yves (1976-77)
LE FLOHIC, Jean-Pierre
MARITANO, Roger
SAOUT, François
SIROP, Philippe
TIBEAUDOT
TRAONOUIL, Alain
ZUENA, Paul

OFFICERS

CHAUVELIN
CHIBON
COUSTEAU, Jacques-Yves
DE PIMODAN
GUIBOUT, Ribot
LAVAL, Michel
PERRIEN, Christian
PLÉ, Henri
ROUAULT
TOURNIER
VALLIÈRES
WANNECK
AMBRIACO
ANGENIOL (Veterinarian)
BOURDES, Jacques
CABAROU
CASTEL
CHOUTEAU, Jacques
CORIOL
DEMART
FRANÇOIS, Joseph
FREDENUCCI
FRUCTUS, Xavier
FUMAROLLI
JACQUIN, Michel
LE DOUCEN, Joël (Dentist)
LENA
MARTIN-LAVAL, Denis
METGE
MILLET, Claude
MOUTAFIAN
NIVELLEAU DE LA BRU., Jean-Loup
PAOLI
PERNET, Jean (Dentist)
PONTHIEU
TASSI, Jacques

CREW

ALINAT, Jean, Cdt
AMADIO
ANSIDÉI, François
BELTRAN, Jean
BERNARD, Pierre
BERNARD, Michel
BERTHELOT
BIBEAU
BIDEGEAN, Louis
BONNICI, Christian
BOURNE-CHASTEL
CASANOVA, Antoine
CERONI, Roger
COLL, Raymond
COLOMB, Marcel
CORRE, Pierre
COUSTEAU, Jean-Michel
COUSTEAU, Philippe
COUSTEAU, Simone
DAVIS, Chuck
DAVSO, Armand
DELCOUTÈRE
DELMAS, Jean
DELEMOTTE, Bernard
DESEUVRE, Michel
DESMIER, Xavier
DORADO, François
DUFREICHE, Roger
DUMAS, Frédéric
FORCHERIE, Marcel
FOULON
FRANCE, Jean-Marie
GAURET, Roger
GIACOLLETTO
GOIRAN, Henri
GUILBERT, Pierre
HANEN, Fernand
HAON, René
INNOCENTI, Patrice
JOUAS, Guy
KIENTZI, Raymond “Canoë”
LABAN, André
LAGORIO, Eugène
LÉANDRI, Octave “Titi”
LÉANDRI, Maurice
LEDOUBLE, Gilbert
LOPEZ, Antoine
MACARIO
MARCELLIN, Bernard
MARGIOUX
MARIANI, Gaby
MARTIN, Paul
MESTRE, Bernard
MONTUPET, René
MORGAN, Jean
OMER, Yves
PÉLISSIER, “Fufu”
PERRICONE, Jules
POZZO
PRESLIN
PUIG
RAOULT, Albert
RIANT, Jean
RINALDI, Roberto
RIVOIRE
ROBERT, Émile
ROBINO, René
ROUX, Jacques
RUECCO
RUIZ
SAUVAGE
SERVELO, Jean
SORRE, Michel
SOURDRE
SUMIAN, Dominique
TEICHER
TEMPLIER, Claude
THEALLET, Stéphane
THOMASI
VANONI
WESLY, Claude

CINEMATOGRAPHERS

ALÉPÉE, Georges
ARNOID
BARSKI
CHURCH, Ron
DELOIRE, Michel
DUHALDE, Gilbert
ERTAUD, Jacques
FLORI
GERI, Gérard
GOUPIL, Pierre
ICHAC, Marcel
LEE, Owen
LEGROS, Lionel
MALLE, Louis
RENOIR, Jacques
SÉCHAN, Edmond
TOMASI, Daniel
ZANCHI, Raymond

SCIENTISTS

BELLAN
BEOUF, Claude-Francis
BERNARD, Francis
BLANC
BOUGIS
BROUARDEL
BUSNEL, René
CARPINE, Christian
CHASSELET
CHOUTEAU, Jacques
CLARK, Eugenie
DEVÈZE
DRACH
EDGERTON, “Papa Flash”
FALCONETTI, Claude
FREDG, Gaston
HARMELIN, Jo
IVANOFF
LACOMBE
LAFAURIE, Marc
LE PÊCHON
LE CAMPION
LÉGER, Guy
LHENNARD, Olivier
NESTEROFF, Vladimir
PÉREZ, Jean-Marie
PICCARD, Jacques
ROLLET, Jacques
TAZIEFF, Haroun
TCHERNIA
TRÉBOUGOFF
VAISSIÈRE, Raymond
VARLET, Francis

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