Calypso Science vessel
The vessel that carried Jacques Cousteau and his crew on expeditions around the world is in La Rochelle, France, where she will become a museum. Calypso was sunk by accident at Singapore in January 1996 and is being donated to the La Rochelle Maritime Museum as part of a U.S.$830,000 project. The 41.8-meter/137-foot vessel was built in Seattle in 1942 as a U.S. Navy minesweeper and was later transferred to the United Kingdom, which sent it to Malta as the Calypso. Cousteau acquired it in 1954. He was overseeing construction of a replacement when he died 25 June at age 87.