• Short Summary

    COMMANDER COUSTEAU, THE FRENCH UNDERWATER EXPLORER, FAILED TO ESTABLISH HIS LATEST OCEANOGRAPHIC PROJECT - THE SO-CALLED "FLOATING ISLAND" - IN THE MEDITERRANEAN OFF VILLEFRANCHE NEAR NICE YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    COMMANDER COUSTEAU, THE FRENCH UNDERWATER EXPLORER, FAILED TO ESTABLISH HIS LATEST OCEANOGRAPHIC PROJECT - THE SO-CALLED "FLOATING ISLAND" - IN THE MEDITERRANEAN OFF VILLEFRANCHE NEAR NICE YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

    THE "FLOATING ISLAND", ESSENTIALLY A 257-TON METALLIC BUOY, LEFT THE PORT OF NICE BY FLOATING CRANE AND WAS TO HAVE BEEN POSITIONED ON TOP OF A HOLLOW 200 FT CYLINDER ALREADY IN PLACE IN THE VILLEFRANCHE ROADSTEAD.BUT THE SWELL OF THE MEDITERRANEAN BROKE THE RETAINING CABLES AND THE "ISLAND" HAD TO BE TAKEN BACK TO PORT.ANOTHER ATTEMPT WILL BE MADE UNDER MORE FAVOURABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS AS SOON AS THE NECESSARY REPAIRS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT.

    DESIGNED BY ENGINEER JACQUES PICARD AND BUILT WITH GOVERNMENT FUNDS FOR RESEARCH, A FEW MONTHS AFTER COMMANDER COUSTEAU'S SUCCESSFUL "HOUSE UNDER THE SEA" EXPERIMENT, THE "FLOATING ISLAND" IS TO HOUSE FOUR MEN.THEY WILL LIVE AND WORK IN THE BUOY WHICH PROVIDES A CABIN WITH LABORATORY, KITCHEN, BATHROOM AND FOUR BEDROOMS, PERCHED ATOP THE UPPER END OF THE CYLINDER 15TH ABOVE THE SURFACE AND OUT OF REACH OF THE HIGHEST MEDITERRANEAN WAVES.

    THE SCIENTIST WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE A LIFT FROM DOWN TO FOUR MORE OBSERVATION LABORATORIES INSIDE THE CYLINDER WHICH HAS A MAXIMUM DIAMETER OF NINE FEET.BETWEEN STUDIES, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO RETURN TO THE COMFORT OF THE BUOY, EQUIPPED WITH HEATING, REFRIGERATOR, RADIO, TELEVISION, A LIBRARY AND LANDING SPACE FOR A HELICOPTER.

    THE IDEA OF SUBMARINE LABORATORIES WITH PORTHOLES IS TO LEARN MORE FROM PROLONGED STUDIES OF SUBMARINE REGIONS THAT HAVE SO FAR BEEN
    EXPLORED ONLY FOR BRIEF PERIODS AT ANY ONE TIME.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA28X5F4J20BIKB8RACCMXCFFMF
    Media URN:
    VLVA28X5F4J20BIKB8RACCMXCFFMF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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