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  • Alex Fedoryshyn

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    February 26, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Jacques-Yves Cousteau has allowed many people, including myself, to be inspired by the awe and wonder of the sea. He filmed the true beauty, before the destruction and pollution. I am hoping that his work will continue to inspire the new generation to protect the sea. Also, I am hoping that the Calypso will be able to document the condition of the seas, like it did 50 years ago.

  • Pat O'Neill

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    February 27, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    I heard that there was a memorial some place to honor the Calypso and was doing a brief search and found this web site..Our family built the Calypso at the Ballard Marine Railways and as a child, l wandered about the shipyard playing and exploring.Later in life, l became a Scuba Diver and met Jacques in Seattle where he and others presented a driving program to 2000 divers from many, many States and Canada..We still retain pictures/ drawings etc of so many of the WW2 ships that Dad and Grandfather built (MineSweepers for Britian) If any one wishes to contact us, we give this web site permission to disclose our e mail address..

    • Alex Fedoryshyn

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      April 18, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      I would be interested to see some photos and hear any of your stories!

      • Pat O'Neill

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        April 20, 2016 at 3:56 pm

        Good Morning Alex. Thanks for your request.I have sent Marcella Silva at the Cousteau photographs etc. You might contact her and see if they will forward pictures that l sent to the Society..l was born in 1937 in Seattle,Washington and my Grandfather and Father owned a Shipyard in Seattle on the Ballard Ship Canal. As a child, l always enjoyed being around the water and wandering around the workers building boats. It was always a big occasion for us when another new ship hit the water.I was always curious about the Hard Hat diver that worked at the yard and would ask him questions about what was down there.In later years, l started skin diving using WW2 Oxygen Rebreathers bought at a war surplus business where l worked part time. Its a wonder that l didn’t die as l had no experience with that device.Later, when Jac.Cousteau developed the single stage Scuba, a whole new world opened up for me and the world.I told Marcella that we have many more photos, papers,newspaper articles in storage that l’d send when time allows..It may be of interest to you that John Wayne, owned a WW2 Mine Sweeper that was built also at the yard. He named it the Wild Goose.(Presently moored in New Port, California..Cheers, Pat

        • Alex Fedoryshyn

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          May 8, 2016 at 12:27 am

          Okay, thank you Pat. It’s great to hear stories like this, and I will contact the Cousteau Society to see some of the photographs.



  • jim bowdren

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    March 2, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Well done on sorting this problem out and she lives to sale agen

  • Janet Mancini

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    March 4, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I am a huge John Denver fan and to see the Calypso come alive again is like seeing John come alive again. I have been watching every step of the way. It is like being reborn again. Thank you the Cousteau Society for everything you have done to revive the Calypso again. I know how much John loved Jacque and the sea.

    Janet Mancini

  • maarten jongkind

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    March 10, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I met the calypso in rochelle early 2000, I recognized her immediately but I was also very sorry to see the statte she was in. I somewhat followed her in the years after but in 2015 I was almost sure, I was sad to believe there would be a future without the calypso in it. Als seen on my personal weblog at
    I am delighted to see that there has been a change in the situaton, and I hope the project will bring the calypso back to an operational state, reminding a generation of people of its discoveries, the legacy of Jaques coustrau. At least we can sail her again like we did when we were kids,if not in person then in our dreams, knowing she’s still outthere somewhere. Maybe it will inspire a whole new generation, it know I was like anyone from my own generation in the 70’s. Success and I wil certainly try the follow on its progress.
    I was recently interviewed by someone from greanpeace when i mentioned Jques Cousteau to him, he didn’t know whohe was. I tol him that he should know, working for greanpeace and urged him to look him up on the internet or ask his father for jaques cousteau and the calypso.

  • Clive Gower

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    March 10, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    God speed to an early recovery. Will great to see her back on the water doing the job she was doing before all this happened.

  • Mike Hall

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    March 11, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Spent many hours watching the underwater world of Cousteau and his crew on the Calypso and watched in awe of what was on offer via the cameras and crew.
    Wish you luck for the future what ever it may be and thanks for some happy memories.

  • Don Dybowski

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    March 12, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Sail on Calypso ! We are with you always ! You know Jacques is watching and with you too ! My all time favorite Person on the Planet !
    Just think how he would feel about how the oceans are being treated these days !

    Sincerely ,

    Don Dybowski

  • Christiane Van der Sype

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    March 12, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    My heart is overjoyed to see this the Calypso set sail again , I have always been a fan of nature and the Jaqeu Cousteau programs where the best , I used to follow them and still miss those beautiful documentaries on TV . John Denver was so very much in to those project to that he wrote a beautiful song about it ……I hope when the Calipso sets sail that I might hear the song in leading it out of the harbor….if not , it will be in my mind ????

    Christiane VanDerSype

  • Christian

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    March 14, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Les aventures de l’équipe Cousteau ont capturé l’attention et l’imagination de plusieurs générations et ont largement contribué à une prise de conscience environmentale….. J’espère de tout coeur que Calypso reprendra la mer pour véhiculer cet esprit de découverte, d’aventure et de sauvegarde environmentale !

  • Calypso Carpenter

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    March 30, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    I am so relieved after reading an article from New York Times, where there were plans to lay the Calypso to rest beneath the waves, that there is hope of the Calypso sailing the seas once again! Unfortunately, Captain Cousteau passed on before I had a chance to meet him and the Calypso was damaged before I could see her in person in all of her glory. However, I would LOVE to be able to see the Calypso at some point in my life! Thank you for allowing this symbol of maritime mysticism to stay afloat among the uprising of a new generation of like-minded land lovers whose love and concern for the world we live in continues to grow stronger day by day.

  • Kate Kuykendall

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    April 1, 2016 at 2:20 am

    As a youngster of 7…er 67, I have learned and loved the Calypso all my life. I was sorely disappointed that after Jacques-Yves departed the news stories and articles became less and less. Every once in a while news would report on this or that but like the shuttle missions everyone treated it as a “ho hum” revelation.
    I lived a good portion of my life next to the ocean and it always told me that there was something greater than myself. I want the new generations to experience the wonder and magic of the seas and the men and women who explore and discover under the waves.
    I hope with the restoration of the Calypso this can rekindle the interest that once was.
    Thank you all for preserving a world we all love to live in.

  • Peter

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    April 4, 2016 at 10:05 am

    My compliment for the beautiful documentaries you always made. I looked every week to it in the seventies of last century. It was one of my most favourite programmes on television in those days. I can remember I had always the strong wish to be part of the team of the Calypso. To dive with them and explore the sea. Last week I hired from the library your DVD ‘Silent World’. Memories from those days in the seventies came back again. Very nice. A bit shocking however were some of the images I saw. I not expected it from “Cousteau”. I aim on the totally useless killing of the sharks, the sitting of the crew on the turtles (and exhausting them in the water) and using dynamite to kill fish to see which species lived there in that part of the coral reef. But I also saw the film was made in 1956, so before all that came afterwards and I saw on television. Maybe it was more accepted in the fifties to do so with animals I mean.

  • jesse johnson

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    April 7, 2016 at 4:03 am

    I grew up on his films as a child. His love of the ocean still inspires me today and i have passed along that passion to my children. All though my dream of sailing the high seas and finding new and undiscovered creatures did not come true it lives on in my son who is planing to study Marine-biology in the coming years. Even in death his legacy lives on through people he never knew we would inspire.

  • Ambassador, Dr William B. Mount, Retired Captain

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    April 7, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Let me help revive the dream. I have a You Tube Account – let me help you.

    You have my email

    The oceans are dying

    When they die life on Earth dies