And yes, when I mentioned in a different post below about remains being sent back to Japan, the remains came from the I-169 sub which due to the film by Al Giddings of San Fran. of the divers going in through the rear of the sub was subsequently sealed to prevent that from occurring again. A Japanese diver died on that wreck in the early 1970's. The name of the movie (documentary) was "Silent Warrior" and is well worth searching out! A truly beautiful film however, that is NOT where I saw the Cousteau basket loads of crockery. I wonder if the scene was edited out of the TV version of the Cousteau film later? Possible I guess.
Thanks for finding the documentary showing Cousteau's dive. Now I am going to go crazy trying to figure out where I saw that clip!
: There was another which aired in 1976 where
: I-169 was found and bones recovered and
: returned to Japan for cremation.
: a review here:
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: If you know someone with the video of
: when he visited Truk lagoon you will see him
: bring up baskets and baskets of crockery
: from the Japanese wrecks there. As you might
: imagine, it is against the law in Truk to
: take anything off of the wrecks there. The
: video narrator said that they were only
: going to examine the plates onboard Calypso
: and then take them right back down. Yeah
: right. By the way, these were baskets of
: identical plates taken aboard Calypso. How
: many identical plates do you need to examine
: and why not just examine them in place
: instead of lifting them to the surface?
: Everyone on the Calypso was a shipwreck
: plate collector as stated by Cousteau
: himself in one (or more) of his books. OK,
: so maybe they put them back this time,
: right? Then why did the Wall Street
: Journal's monthly magazine show a bookcase
: in a Cousteau relative's home filled with
: Cousteau artifacts among which was a plate
: from the Japanese wrecks of Truk Lagoon?
: Gee, they must have forgotten to put that
: one back! Maybe. You make up your own
: opinion but don't lecture to me about Saint
: Cousteau unless you have first hand
: experience. He is NOT what the public
: thought he was but is very hard to convince
: the believers that he wasn't as pure as the
: public thinks. And please spare me the
: drivel about how GREAT he was supposed to
: have been.
: Oh, a side note on the Cousteau Society.
: They signed a contract many years ago with a
: fund raising company I think was called
: Danforth Corporation but I do not remember
: for sure. It may be mentioned on the Revell
: Calypso model box, instructions or the
: enclosed booklet that came with the original
: kit. I do remember the royalty scheme
: though. Because Danforth (or whoever) was
: supposed to be the SOLE marketing agent for
: Cousteau they got 50% (fifty per cent)of ALL
: proceeds that Cousteau collected whether it
: was a Danforth (or whoever) initiative or
: not. Did you write the Cousteau Society a
: check because you thought you were helping?
: If so, HALF the money you gave them went to
: Danforth as profit (and for doing nothing).
: Sorry about that!
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: I did a little catching up tonight on posts.
: found a post claiming the Robert Ballard
: took items from Titanic, Bismarck and the
: ships at Midway. While my source may not
: have been on the Bismarck or Midway
: expeditions he was on Titanic and NOTING was
: taken from Titanic by Ballard. I strongly
: doubt that he salvaged any of the other
: ships mentioned either.
: The poster also Mentioned Jacques Cousteau
: salvaging the wreck of the Britannic,
: Titanics sister ship. I strongly doubt that
: as the Greek antiquities people can be very
: difficult to deal with. They once tried to
: cancel an expedition to Britanninc on the
: day it sailed. Anyone removing artifacts
: would be in BIG trouble. The Cousteau
: Society has a name to protect and I doubt He
: would have risked it for a bell or anything