Cousteau vessel to be restored

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The Cousteau Society reports that Jacques Cousteau’s iconic flagship, Calypso, will leave her berth in the Piriou shipyard in Brittany, France and be restored before “a living representative of ecology sailing the oceans of the world.” The vessel, originally a US-built Royal Navy minesweeper, was Couteaus’s expedition vessel throughout his career, before being sunk in an accident in Singapore during 1996. Since then she has languished in ports with ownership battles and financial woes bedeviling plans for her restoration.

The current plan is that the Calypso will leave her current berth in the first three months of 2016.