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Today’s Saturday Sing-a-long is kind of a triple-header. Not musically, but you can’t have this John Denver song without this ship — the Calypso, captained by Jacques Cousteau. Special thanks to the very eclectic badfish (Oh! fish! How appropriate…) for reminding me of John Denver and my favorite song by him. I humbly dedicate this post to the lovely (despite his protestations) badfish! You can visit him at his “home” at Badfish Out of Water.

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John DenverJohn Denver

Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its best-selling artists. By 1974, he was firmly established as America’s best-selling performer, and AllMusic has described Denver as “among the most beloved entertainers of his era”. Denver was an avid pilot, and died in a single-fatality crash of his personal experimental aircraft at the age of 53. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

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Jacques CousteauJacques Cousteau

Jacques-Yves Cousteau commonly known in English as Jacques Cousteau; 11 June 1910 – 25 June 1997) was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the Aqua-Lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Académie française. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

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CalypsoCalypso

RV Calypso is a former British Royal Navy minesweeper converted into a research vessel for the oceanographic researcher Jacques-Yves Cousteau, equipped with a mobile laboratory for underwater field research. It was severely damaged in 1996, and was supposed to undergo a complete refurbishment in 2009-2011. The ship is named after the Greek mythological figure Calypso. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

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I would LOVE to be a dolphin for a day and see what it feels like to fly out of the water like that!