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The Calypso, Cousteau's Ship, Sinks

January 12, 1996| Associated Press

SINGAPORE — French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau's research vessel sank in a Singapore shipyard, officials said Thursday. No one was hurt.

The Calypso started sinking Monday, said an official of the ship's agent, Nedlloyd Shipping. The cause is still unknown.

Two crew members were able to walk away because it was low tide, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Representatives of the ship's owner are negotiating with salvage companies to haul the ship, he said.

The Business Times newspaper Thursday published a picture taken on Wednesday of the famous ship lying underwater on its side. The Calypso, a 66-foot converted British minesweeper Cousteau began using in 1950, arrived in Singapore after doing research off China and Vietnam, the paper reported.

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