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Famed Undersea Explorer’s Ship Could Be Auctioned Off

If you grew up fascinated by the wonders of the ocean, chances are part of that fascination came from watching Jacques Cousteau travel the seas aboard his famed research ship Calypso.

In a recent article, The Guardian called Calypso “the ship that launched a thousand childhood dreams.”

Nowadays, Calypso sits in a drydock in a boatyard in France while a legal battle swirls between the shipyard’s owner and the late Cousteau’s widow.

A French court had given Francine Cousteau, the famed explorer’s second wife, a deadline of March 11 to get the ship out of the drydock and reimburse the shipyard for renovations, but according to The Guardian that deadline came and passed with nothing happening.

Check out the article here for the full story of all the legal wrangling.

"La calypso, vue d'ensemble" by Olivier Bernard - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
“La calypso, vue d’ensemble” by Olivier Bernard – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.