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Piccard and Walsh began to worry about what had happened to the battered bathyscaphe and wondered if they should abort the descent.
Bertrand Piccard's father, Jacques Piccard, set a depth record in the Bathyscaphe, descending 35,815 feet to the bottom of the Marianas Trench in the Pacific, the greatest depth ever reached.
Anniversaries: 1571: The Royal Exchange in London opened by Queen Elizabeth I; 1789: Death of John Cleland, author of Fanny Hill ,1790: Fletcher Christian and the Bounty mutineers landed on Pitcairn Island; 1943: Tripoli captured by the British; 1960: Th e bathyscaphe Trieste designed by Professor Piccard descended to a depth of 35,800 feet in the Pacific Ocean; 1985: House of Lords proceedings televised for the first time.
This remarkable vessel, which looks like something between a bathyscaphe a la Cousteau and a homemade submarine, negotiates "the reefs" of our conceptual system.
Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard aboard the bathyscaphe Trieste.
Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard in the bathyscaphe Trieste.
The sale will encompass an impressive collection of 356 modern and vintage watches including an extremely rare Vacheron Constantin and a Rolex GMT that belonged to Captain Walsh who piloted the bathyscaphe Trieste with Jacques Piccard to the deepest point in the world's oceans.
Navy-owned bathyscaphe Trieste, which carried Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh there in 1960, and the Japanese-built robot Kaiko, which made three unmanned expeditions to the trench between 1995 and 1998.
Asked what techniques he thought might be appropriate for exploration, he suggested a lander ``and then maybe a bathyscaphe,'' drawing applause from the outnumbered oceanographers in the group.
Navy Commander Don Walsh, who piloted the deep-diving bathyscaphe Trieste to the bottom of the Challenger Deep -- a depth of more than seven miles.
However, those who believed prevailed, the French made the bathyscaphe Archimede and the submersible Cyana available, and the US offered the reliable underwater workhorse Alvin.
Significant accomplishments during his naval career included piloting the bathyscaphe Trieste II in 1964 to a depth of 8,200 feet to locate the hull of the sunken submarine Thresher and commanding a 1972 task group that recovered a classified object from three miles deep in the Pacific Ocean.
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