I finally completed my Jules Verne “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” Nautilus design, I took some time to think over and finish it.
I also had it printed, A1 size poster and I am well pleased, just need to have it framed, I am loading a small sample and a link to anyone who likes to have it, I have received requests from time to time for this, including in French, Italian, Russian and I will add Spanish.
One of the most magnificent rooms on the Nautilus is the drawing-room/salon/museum, ten meters long, six wide, and five high. This incredible room contained an organ, an art collection of great value and a very large number of marine specimens. There was also a fountain made from a shell about two meters across
Artist : Painting and year completed So being the obsessive chap I can be with some designs, I tried to find artist and painting suggested by Verne, though these painting are in museums collections around the world and are not entombed with the Captain and Nautilus for eternity beneath a volcanic island Here is the list of artist and works I used, I tried to keep them all in a time frame that they where collected just before Professor Pierre Aronnax, a French marine biologist and narrator of the story and his faithful servant Conseil and Canadian Ned Land boarded the Nautilus and meeting the mysterious Captain Nemo.
Raffaello: Small Cowper Madonna 1505 Leonardo da Vinci: Virgin of the Rocks 1491 -1508 Correggio: Jupiter and Io 1520 – 1540 Titian: La Bella 1536 Veronese: Adoration of the Shepherds 1523 Murillo: Assumption of the Virgin 1680 Holbein: Portrait of Boniface Amerbach 1519 Velázquez: Luncheon 1617 Ribera: Martyrdom of St Bartholomew 1630 Rubens: The Village Fête 1635 Teniers: River landscape & rainbow Flemish Landscape 1644-1690 Teniers: Château Drij Toren at Perck 1660 Gerrit Dou: Astronomer by Candlelight 1665 Gabriel Metsu: Le Vieux Buveur 1650-1667 Paulus Potter: 2 Horses Near a Gate 1649 Gericault: The Kiss 1822 Prud’hon: Portrait of the King of Rome 1811 Bakhuizen: Dutch Merchant Ships in a Storm 1670-1690 Bakhuizen: Seascape and Fishing Boats 1708 Vernet: Mediterranean night 1753 Vernet: Shipwreck 1772 Troyon: The Gooseherd 1850-1855 Delacroix: Orphen Girl 1823 Ingres: The Spring 1820-1856 Decamps: Children Gathering Flowers 1844 Daubigny: Bateaux sur l’Oise 1865 Meissonier: Chess players 1853
Jules Verne Voyages extraordinaires have found so many fans the world over, I hope my personal vision of the Nautilus is enjoyed half as much as I enjoyed seeing so many other designs out there, a notable mention has to be Harper Goff fantastic design from the 1954 Disney film “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”.
These designs seem to take me longer to complete, was it always so, but the exterior has been reworked minus textures, I may not bother doing it for this build but I will see once I have finished the interior and this time I mean to finish it, in 2018.
Here are some new images, reworked the nuts and bolts, though I did say I’d never do them again, alas I could not leave well enough alone and they have all been redone, a real time consuming effort, boy am I a grump today.
Overall the design is the same but with tweaks that I think improve the look a little more, the scale is the same, hatches except for a new forward hatch is the same, I need to tweak the salon window, I think its too large and needs some structural elements.
New rivets and oblong window on the Nautilus, taking cue’s from the illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville and Édouard Riou for the novel. I was not intending to rework the exterior, but what can I say, I am a fan.
Reworking the forward section of the Nautilus, I added a forward hatch just behind the wheelhouse, I was never happy with the cut I made through the upper section of the Salon.
With the cut gone and only having one entrance, finding Nemo would descend the steps turning aft and travelling back through a short corridor and the a stairwell, heading down to the main deck (2) (there are 3 levels) then turning forward walking through the dining room, library, salon and right hatch through the corridor to the next stairwell to the wheelhouse. So I decided to add a second one
I am also thinking of adding oblong windows to the Salon removing the current setup.
Its fun but time consuming working out these details..
Here you are my friends the last working I did for the Nautilus
It is the last, I don’t want to explore this any more, but for fellow readers of Aronnax and Conseil odyssey under the sea’s with the irascible Ned Land and the mysterious Captain Nemo, this is the design I now imagine, as much as I love Harper Goff’s Disney design.
The Nautilus is described as having a cylindrical hull 70 meters long and 8 meters in diameter, which I have indicated with this outline, and I could just about fit all the internal settings as described by Jules Verne on one level (the mid section), that could house the cabins of Professor Aronnax (2.5 meters long) which would have room for a simple bunk, writing deck, chair wardrobe and adjoining W.C with show, working back then to Captain Nemo larger room (5 meters long) with a work area and W.C. that could contain a bath.
Moving back we have the salon (10 meters long) with the large portholes for viewing the undersea world, this room doubles for museum, that has art and marine collection of some significant value, next is a dining room (5 meters long) of some elegance and adjoining that is the Library (5 meters long) containing 12,000 books.
We are now at the midpoint of the submarine where you will find a spiral staircase connecting 3 level the size of this central section is not given this area connects to other smaller rooms that house the galley & some storage rooms, where I have placed our other two passengers Ned Land and Conseil as they travel 20,000 leagues under the sea’s, moving further back we have a large W.C or bathhouse for the crew which I have estimated at 12 men can bunk comfortably. Then there is the batteries and engine machine area