The Nautilus Project

Payerne’s “Belledonne” 1846

What if the NautilusCaptain Nemo’s submarine from Jules Verne’s classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea—was more than simply a figment of the author’s imagination? Jules Verne is well known as a genius ahead of his time, simply for conceiving the idea of submarine travel on such a scale. But beyond the overarching theory, many assume his work to be science fiction at best, and at worst, merely fantasy.

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The Nautilus Project exists to explore the realism behind this work of fantasy. Driven by years of naval military experience as a nuclear submarine engineer and deep submersible pilot, author Demetri Capetanopoulos examines the technologies that would have been available in the 19th century. Combining those technologies with modern principles of engineering—holding as much as possible to Jules Verne’s original specifications—The Nautilus Project contemplates the fantastic possibility of the Nautilus.

Demetri’s sketch of the “Nautilus” at age 10

As a result of this project, Demetri Capetanopoulos has written The Design and Construction of the Nautilus: The Submarine Technology of Jules Verne Revealed. The book is packed with years’ worth of research, ultimately asking a question that has helped to fuel human progress for centuries: What if?

Can’t get enough of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? Check out our sister project on Captain Nemo, Rage Runs Deep.