A fire has broken out on Calypso, the legendary 42m yacht that once belonged to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, at a shipyard in Yalova, Turkey where it has been under refit since April 2016.

Calypso suffered serious damage but no-one was hurt in the fire and the original structure was not affected; only the newly fitted wooden parts of the ship were damaged. All of the vessel’s historical elements are unharmed.

The origin of the fire has not yet been determined and police are continuing their investigations. It is said that only the refit team had permission to enter the refit area of the yacht.

Calypso is the exploration vessel owned by The Cousteau Society, founded in 1973 by Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Under the leadership of president Francine Cousteau, the society continues his legacy of unique explorations and observations of ecosystems throughout the world.