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Jacques-Ives Cousteau's Calypso in 1950Calypso - Seagoing research vessel seen on the documentary series THE UNDERSEA WORLD OF JACQUES COUSTEAU/SYN/ABC/1968-76. French scientist Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau sailed the Calypso around the world's waterways bringing back stories of undersea excitement.

The first special on January 8, 1968 told the story of "Sharks." Cousteau's first TV production "Underwater Archeology" aired in January 1954 on OMNIBUS/CBS/ABC/1953-57. Cousteau also received top awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 1956 for his breathtaking documentary The Silent World.  

When Cousteau died,  the Cousteau Foundation said "Capt. Jacques-Yves Cousteau has gone to the Silent World this Wednesday, June 25, 1997"

In 1975, singer John Denver penned the Grammy winning song "Calypso" (Windsong/RCA), dedicated to the ship's intrepid crew.


To sail on a dream on a crystal clear ocean
To ride on the crest of a wild raging storm
To work in the service of life and the living
In search of the answers to questions unknown
To be part of the movement and part of the growing
Part of beginning to understand

Aye, Calypso, the places you’ve been to
The things that you’ve shown us
The stories you tell
Aye, Calypso, I sing to your spirit
The men who have served you
So long and so well

Like the dolphin who guides you
You bring us beside you
To light up the darkness and show us the way
For though we are strangers in your silent world
To live on the land we must learn from the sea
To be true as the tide
And free as the wind-swell
Joyful and loving in letting it be

Aye, Calypso, the places you’ve been to
The things that you’ve shown us
The stories you tell
Aye, Calypso, I sing to your spirit
The men who have served you
So long and so well

Aye, Calypso, the places you’ve been to
The things that you’ve shown us
The stories you tell
Aye, Calypso, I sing to your spirit
The men who have served you
So long and so well


In 1996, Jacques Cousteau's legendary 66-foot wooden ship research vessel Calypso which was featured in Cousteau's long-running television series was hit by a barge on January 8th and sank in shallow waters of Singapore. It was later refloated, patched and towed to a shipyard for repairs. The original has been since replaced by the Calypso II, a $20 million craft equipped with solar energy, helicopter and satellite transmission facilities.

Calypso at Sea
Calypso on the High Seas

Calypso Stamp 1997

Calypso II Stamp 1997

Jacque Cousteau Stamps on Snorkeling & Scuba Diving issued in Palau 1997 highlighting the original Calypso and the later model.


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