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Byms Class Minesweepers: Rv Calypso, Hms Byms-2203, Hms Byms-2282, Byms Class Minesweeper, Hms Byms-2026

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Byms Class Minesweepers: Rv Calypso, Hms Byms-2203, Hms Byms-2282, Byms Class Minesweeper, Hms Byms-2026

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Chapters: Rv Calypso, Hms Byms-2203, Hms Byms-2282, Byms Class Minesweeper, Hms Byms-2026. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 28. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: RV Calypso is a former British Royal Navy Minesweeper converted into a research vessel for the oceanographic researcher Jacques-Yves Cousteau, equipped with a mobile laboratory for underwater field research. She was severely damaged in 1996, and is undergoing a complete refurbishment in 2009. The ship is named after the Greek mythological figure Calypso. Calypso was originally a wooden-hulled minesweeper built for the British Royal Navy by the Ballard Marine Railway Company of Seattle, Washington, USA. She was made from Oregon pine. She was a BYMS (British Yard Minesweeper) Mark 1 Class Motor Minesweeper, laid down on 12 August, 1941 with the yard designation BYMS-26 and launched on 21 March, 1942. She was commissioned into the Royal Navy in February 1943 as HMS J-826 and assigned to active service in the Mediterranean Sea, reclassified as BYMS-2026 in 1944, laid up at Malta and finally struck from the Naval Register in 1947. After World War II she became a ferry between Malta and the island of Gozo, and was renamed after the nymph Calypso, whose island of Ogygia was mythically associated with Gozo. The Irish millionaire and former MP, Thomas Loel Guinness bought Calypso in 1950 and leased her to Cousteau for a symbolic one franc a year. Cousteau restructured and transformed her into an expedition vessel and support base for diving, filming and oceanographic research. Calypso carried advanced equipment, including one- and two-man mini submarines developed by Cousteau, diving saucers, and underwater scooters. The ship was also fitted with a see-through nose, an observation chamber three meters below the waterline, and was ...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=18835

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ISBN:
9781158338634
Category:
Books
Format:
Paperback, softback
Publication Date:
2010-09-15
Publisher:
Books LLC
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
30
Pagination:
30 pages
Dimensions (mm):
152x229x2mm
Weight:
59g

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