THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE NAUTILUS

The Submarine Technology of Jules Verne Revealed

Could it be done?  Could an imaginative wonder of a submarine, conceived in a literary masterpiece, be brought to an even higher state of excellence by finding a way for it to conform to the physical laws of the universe and the bounds of our engineering knowledge?

Many have imagined Captain Nemo’s Nautilus without constraint, but the challenge of an authentic submarine design remained unanswered.  With some Precise Imagination, the design of the Nautilus has been brought closer to reality than ever before.

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REVIEWS

“A fascinating analysis of Jules Verne’s Nautilus, from its design and engineering details to its unique place in early submarine history. Lavishly illustrated and brimming with quotes from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.”

Arthur B. Evans, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Modern Languages, DePauw University, Editor, Science Fiction Studies, and eminent Jules Verne scholar

“Captain Capetanopoulos expertly places Verne’s creation in context with the times to enable a complete and accurate reconstruction of this fictional craft. A healthy dose of modern submarine design insight has been added.”

CAPT Edward S. Little, USN (ret.), former Commanding Officer, USS Philadelphia

“Captain Capetanopoulos invites the reader to an exciting dive in the fantastic world of Jules Verne. A world in which, page after page, fiction gives way to reality… Reading it will enthrall all those who love the undersea world. A book to put in the hands of all the passionate Jules Verne submariners.”

Bernard Micaelli, Submarine Design Architect, FRANCE

“The Design and Construction of the Nautilus includes detailed diagrams, original illustrations, rich historical discussion, and extensive notes and references. It will appeal especially to history buffs, Jules Verne fans, and submarine enthusiasts.”

LCDR Jon Walsh, USN (ret.), Submariner and Engineering Duty Officer

“A book that will delight both technologists and even the more casual naval aficionados. As a former submariner and director of a government research and technology organization, I am amazed at how well this book shows the foresight of Jules Verne. This is truly a fascinating book… I highly recommend The Design and Construction of the Nautilus.”

LCDR Will Troxell, USN (ret.), Submariner and former USS Nautilus sailor

THE NAUTILUS MODEL

Not only can you own the book, but now you can build your own model of the Nautilus!

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THE NAUTILUS POSTER

This awesome poster brings the imagination and precision of the Nautilus design to your wall!

  • All exterior and interior views

  • Printed on 20lb paper

  • Actual Size: 18″ x 24″

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TAKE A DEEPER DIVE

The Design and Construction of the Nautilus has prompted a rich discussion among readers, raising a number of questions that often address subjects beyond the scope of the original narrative.  A selection of the most interesting, relevant, and often asked among them are presented here as a means of continuing the dialog and improving our understanding of the Nautilus.

I encourage you to submit your thoughts or questions and join the conversation provoked by fellow Verne aficionados.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

References to launch your own submarine design ambitions

Submarine Design Bibliography

Links to continue your submarine exploration

Website Links for The Design and Construction of the Nautilus

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