Here you can browse the biographies of the original crew of the Calypso and Alcyone. These are the fantastic people who made Jacques-Yves Cousteau's dreams come true, and gave so many of us the passion for the oceans and diving. Did you serve on board the Calypso or the Alcyone? Do you know anyone who has? Please contact us and send a short biography and personal story along with a couple pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The man that french diving federation refused as diving instructor became one of the most technically sharpened diver of the Cousteau team.
L’homme que la fédération française de plongée refusa au monitorat de plongée devint l’un des plongeurs Cousteau les plus expert et pointu techniquement.
My friend Michel told me that he was going to try out as a Cousteau team diver. I told him if you can do it, so can I. Dan Phan and I were later welcomed as the newest divers on the team.
My first mission for the Cousteau team was aboard the Calypso and we went to film the USS Monitor. I recall meeting Harold Edgerton – or "Papa Flash" as Jacques Cousteau called him.
Michel Deloire is one the better underwater cameraman of the Cousteau Team
He was born in 1935. While young, he devoured the books from Philippe Diolé that reflect the first underwater scuba incursions of the pionners in the Mediterranean. At this time, the TV was still in its debuts and affected only a few insiders. This was with conference shows like “Connaissance du Monde" that he discovered the sea. He attended the conference of pioneers of underwater films of that time such as Jean Foucher-Creteau, Marcel Isy-Schwartz or Jacques Stevens. His adolescence was immersed in the underwater world. The Cousteau's famous movie Silent World in 1956, completed the conversion.
Born in Marseille October 17, 1927, Albert Falco is the diver to 20,000 hours under the seas. He holds with Jacques and Simone the record of time on board the Calypso : 37 and a half years.
Né à Marseille le 17 octobre 1927, Albert Falco est le plongeur aux 20 000 heures sous les mers. Il détient avec Jacques et Simone Cousteau le record de durée à bord de la Calypso : 37 ans et demi.
“My official contract began when Calypso visited Patagonia after the Antarctic mission. July 74 to 78. A lot had happened before, and even more afterwards.
Previously I was staying on the Espadon in Marseilles. We had taken the ship down to Monaco, stopping by Sormiou to celebrate Falco’s birthday with Simone, Raymond Coll and Paul Zuena, second captain of the Calypso. In July 74, I flew to Miami to board the Calypso.
André Laban was born on October 19th 1928 in Marseille where he grew up. In 1952, just as he finished his studies as chemical engineer, he hears that Cousteau is looking for and engineer. He shows up. When Cousteau asks him: « What can you do ? », he replies « Nothing, but I fix things and tinker a lot ». He is hired for a trial week. A trial week that lasted 21 years.
His first dive takes place on the Grand Congloué shipwreck in 1952, alone, by night, with half-filled tanks.