Friday, March 23, 2012

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

...It All Began With...

The Father of Under-Sea Exploraton

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

1953 Rolex Submariner
Filming The Silent World

All this excitement about Rolex returning to the Challenger Deep, with Don Walsh on board with James Cameron, made me think about how proud Jacques-Yves Cousteau would be. Here is a photo of Jacques-Yves Cousteau wearing his Rolex Submariner while filming The Silent World in 1953.

National Geographic Society Special Gold Medal
Awarded to Underwater Explorer

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

By U.S. President Kennedy on April 19, 1961
White House Rose Garden

In the photo below taken on April 19, 1961, in the White House Rose Garden, President John F. Kennedy is presenting Jacques Cousteau with The National Geographic Society's special gold medal.The gentleman on the right side of the photo is Dr. Melville Bell Grosvenor who was the President and editor of National Geographic.

"We have learned in the last sixty years how to fly better than the birds–or at least higher and longer, and the Captain has given us a possibility that some day we may swim as well as the fish–or at least deeper, and he is, therefore, one of the greatest explorers of an entirely new dimension, and I can imagine his satisfaction in having opened up the ocean floor to man and to science." –JFK

James Cameron DEEPSEA Challenge Update From Mermaid Sapphire Captain's Log

James Cameron DEEPSEA Challenge Update
From Mermaid Sapphire Captain's Log

DEEPSEA Challenger is in the Challenger DEEP with a DEEPSEA Challenge Rolex in Place

Wow!!! Is that a twist of words, or what!?!?!?! According to Captain Stuart Buckle's logs, the Mermaid Sapphire arrived in the Challenger Deep at 13:54 hours on March 20, and is currently standing by, and assessing weather conditions. The later log, on March 21st said they are preparing for transit to Ulithy Atol, and moving easily to moderate seas and swell. March 22nds log said "Pre-dive checks being carried out on DEEP SEA Challenger."

From what I understand, everything is in place and they are waiting for ideal sea conditions to begin the dive. For all we know, James Cameron could be descending right now in his DEEPSEA CHALLENGER!!! As soon as I know more I will let you know. How exciting is this!!!! Jacques-Yves Cousteau would be proud!!!!!!