National Geographic : 1954 Jul
I 86 Pierre Vals, Paris M1atch Their Chariot a Dinghy, Houot and Willm (Center) Return in Smiling Triumph First to reach and cruise along the Atlantic's floor beyond the Continental Shelf, the famed bathyscaphe pair regretted only the brevity of their plunge (page 84). Tug stands by to tow bathyscaphe back to Dakar. belongs to science. In Paris, we knew, a com mittee was already weighing research projects submitted by Belgian and French scientists eager to go below. A worthy use for our little ship, but sad news for Willm: under such a plan he will have to surrender his berth to a succession of savants. The F.N.R.S. 3 will go no deeper than we have taken her; that is her habitat. But her adventures on the ocean floor have only be gun. What mysteries of marine life will she yet probe? What relics of our ancient past - buried wrecks, encrusted marbles, sunken cities-may she not stumble upon? What curious new creatures will she perhaps dis cover in the vast, unknown continents that lie beneath our salty wastes? We know not. But for ourselves, for Willm and me, the strongest lure the future holds is the building and testing of the abyssal bathyscaphe. Prompted by the scientists, we shall continue to modify and improve the present machine, learning to equip her with new tools, new antennae to extend our senses into this dark, watery world. But always we shall be looking beyond to her eventual suc cessor, the ship that we shall someday launch and take down to the 35,640-foot Challenger Depth, between the Caroline Islands and Guam, the profoundest known deep in all the oceans lapping our globe.* * The authors of the two foregoing articles wish to acknowledge the assistance of Lt. Pierre Henri Willm and of Mr. James Dugan, an aide of Captain Cous teau on the National Geographic Society-Calypso Oceanographic Expeditions.