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Old 11th October 2013, 21:22
Anthony L Anthony L is offline  
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Today more than ever, we need your help. The Commercial Court of Quimper terminated the contract between the Cousteau Society and Piriou shipyards. In four months, the CALYPSO shall have leave the shipyard. But for go wherever?

Please help us. Share and sign this call:

If you help us, the CALYPSO could know the same end as the NOMADIC (the last ship of the White Star Line, the shipowner of the TITANIC) became a museum in Belfast.
If we do nothing, it could know the same fate as the QUEEN ELIZABETH (later SEAWISE UNIVERSITY).

Help us.
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Old 14th October 2013, 00:36
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good day john denver link.thank you for posting.john could express himself in all his music.a great song by a great singer.have a great day.regards ben27
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Old 30th August 2016, 23:11
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I haven't been on the board for a long while and I just came across this thread

Latest news seem to show that LA CALYPSO is undergoing repairs in a Turkish shipyard

She has been granted a Eur10 Million budget for its overhaul.
A more detail look shows her frame and plankings to be exchanged by new ones. If such is the case, this is more a reconstruction of a replica than a repair of a hull which was really in too bad a shape.
While recontructing as original is great and nice, I believe a wood hull will always need more maintenance and have a shorter lifespan than a GRP one. I wonder if it is realistic in France to rebuild La Calypso in such a manner.
I would have personnally favored a GRP Hull in the shape of the original one while retaining the original wheellhouse, masts, some equipment and fittings.

it is regrettable to have sent this fine ship as far as Turkey, while local shipyards would be able to do something with Eur 10 Millions

Anyway, this is still an encouraging piece of news
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Old 31st August 2016, 22:16
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A lot depends on the quality of the wood used in the construction. Calypso was originally built during World War II as a minesweeper. Construction was rapid, as vessels were needed to get into service quickly. Such timber as was available was used, and often demand outstripped supply, so inferior quality unseasoned timbers were frequently used. Also, because of the designs of some vessels that enabled them to be built rapidly, there were other issues involving ventilation and keeping dry areas susceptible to rot.

In any case, a timber vessel may be "new" when it is launched, but most of the material used in its construction may all ready be over 100 years old.

The Cutty Sark, at Greenwich has been completely reconstructed after a devastating fire. She still exists, but is not now by any measure, original.
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