Alcyone is a ship operated by the Cousteau Society. It was created as an expedition ship and to test the operation of a new kind of marine propulsion system, the turbosail. Alcyone's two turbosails are used to augment its diesel engines. Since the accidental sinking of Calypso, Alcyone has been the Cousteau Society's expedition vessel.

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Turbosail ship Alcyone in harbour
Name: Alcyone
Namesake: Alcyone
Owner: Cousteau Society
Port of registry: La Rochelle,  France
Builder: Ateliers & Chantiers La Rochelle Pallice
Yard number: 1238
Launched: 1985[1]
Completed: 1985
Homeport: Concarneau, Brittany , France[2]
General characteristics
Type: Research ship
Length: 103 ft (31.4 m)[1]
Beam: 29 ft (8.8 m)[1]
Draught: 7 ft 8 in (2.3 m)[1]
Sail plan:
Speed: 10.5 knots (19.4 km/h; 12.1 mph)[1]
Crew: 12[1]

Alcyone in popular cultureEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Alcyone and Turbosail" (PDF). 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Alcyone". 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.

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