This is the year of the “Woman and the Ocean”. Some women have left their mark in, at, or for the ocean. The Journal of Coastal Research recently published a mini-biography of the Calypso. This short paper is a brief account of the trace left aboard by some ladies I have known.

Cousteau's Calypso, through television and motion picture exposure, is undoubtedly the research vessel that has, during the second half of the 20th century, been the most exposed to the general public eye. This ship has greatly contributed to the fame of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and to the popularization of oceanography. It has brought to light a very limited amount of women's share to the marine sciences. However, it does not mean that their connection with the nearly mythical vessel is insignificant.

Calypso, like other vessels, is a “she.” Calypso [Káλv́πσo] is, in Greek mythology, also the name...

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