08 June 2010

Jacques Cousteau's Calypso

marking the centenary of Captain Cousteau's birth, the Calypso is about to be refitted and relaunched by the Cousteau Society. Originally a British minesweeper the vessel was purchased by Thomas Loel, Irish millionaire and descendent of the Guinness brewing empire, who leased it to Cousteau as his refitted 'mobile oceanography laboratory' for one franc per year. This is the ship featured in most of his underwater adventures. Bit of a dude in my book Mr Cousteau....

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