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CALYPSO
ocean exploration ship

Calypso was an American-built wooden-hulled minesweeper that had been transformed into a fully equipped ocean exploration vessel by Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1950. Calypso carried advanced equipment, including one- and two-man mini submarines developed by Cousteau, diving saucers, and underwater scooters. Calypso was also fitted with a see-through "nose", an observation chamber three meter below the waterline, and was modified to house scientific equipment and a helicopter pad. Jacques-Yves Cousteau, a French oceanographer whose numerous inventions and underwater techniques have been a significant factor in unraveling the secrets of the sea. 

     
     




This Calypso ship model features:

- Hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less than 10 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 40 lbs which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art piece.)

- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures

-  No computer-printed paper deck

- >95% of parts are wood and metal

38" Lx 17" T x 7" W (including base's dimensions)   $1,900    S&H $90