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This was fascinating as thousands of grouper congregated, danced and changed colors, in a location only yards in diameter.

FROGMEN by Richard Hyman|My journeys with Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau

We also had a visit from singer songwriter John Denver and filmed a concert that he performed for us. John Denver was quite a man, very gifted and sincere. He won an Emmy for the show that aired the concert. During this expedition, I conducted independent university scientific research for credit and my job on the ship was as a deck hand.

I did a lot of dirty work, but learned a lot about diving and navigation, and was happy to be part of the crew. After that expedition, I worked on my diving and photography, graduated from college, and spent a year in business, but when Captain Cousteau again came calling, I returned to Calypso for my final expedition — this time as a diver.

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Calypso divers double as navigators, so I did that too, taking many a watch on the bridge at all hours of the day and night. She sank on December 31, , and the wreck was not discovered until We were the first untethered divers on compressed air. These were dangerous deep dives with a strong Gulf Stream current. Unfortunately, when we were hit by severe weather and engine problems — not a good combination — we had to abort and head to Morehead City, North Carolina.

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We limped down the coast with subsequent engine problems, but eventually made it to Martinique where we did some amazing diving on a number of relatively deep-water wrecks off the coast of St. We used our side-scan sonar to plot the ocean bottom and discovered a quantity of wrecks that were sunk by the volcanic blast of Mt. We concluded this expedition by continuing on to Venezuela and conducting a coastal oceanography survey for the government.


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Captain Cousteau was the real thing, genuine, a great man. I cared for him and for what he stood for. If you disagreed, he would gladly debate.

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He was an ardent opponent of spear fishing, and spear guns were strictly banned aboard Calypso. He often spoke of returning on expedition to the Red Sea to study the environmental impact of oil in the Persian Gulf. Cousteau feared, perhaps prophetically, that man would refuse to respect morality by developing more and better techniques to fight and exploit each other and nature.

Frogmen: The True Story of My Journeys with Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the Crew of Calypso

He promoted peaceful teamwork as a solution to protect one another and our natural world, something that today seems to be universally ignored and forgotten. Aside from loving to write and wanting to tell my story, I wrote the book for three reasons. Second, to preserve the messages he tried to convey to us; for example: A less glamorous dive, a night dive, was in Martinique when I had to recover some human bones.


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I always enjoyed diving with Bernard Delemotte. Bernard was a Chief Diver and in my mind he had a sixth sense. He was able to gently approach creatures on land and under the sea. Bernard taught me how to be a better diver. It was very frightening when we lost the engine during the storm at the Monitor. If money is no object, buy the color print version. Oct 12, Deborah aka Reading Mom rated it liked it.

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