The Nautilus was described as "a masterpiece
containing masterpieces." Electricity provided by
sodium/mercury batteries (with the sodium provided
by extraction from seawater) was the primary power
source for propulsion. The Nautilus used floodable
tanks in order to adjust buoyancy and so control its
depth. The pumps that evacuate these tanks of water
were so powerful that they produced large jets of
water when the vessel emerged rapidly from the
surface of the water. This led many early observers
of the Nautilus to believe that the vessel was some
species of whale, or perhaps a sea monster not yet
known to science.
Much of the
ship was decorated to standards of luxury that were
unequalled in a seagoing vessel of the time. These
included a library with boxed collections of
valuable oceanic specimens that were unknown to
science at the time, expensive paintings, and
several collections of jewels. The Nautilus also
featured a lavish dining room and even an organ that
Captain Nemo used to entertain himself in the
This Nautilus model features:
Hollow hull construction
(very important), weighing less than 10 lbs.
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to
the hollow structures.
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
- Decorations are
wooden and hand-carved
34" L x 6" H x 3.5 W
S & H is $90 Last one.
(Only three exist)
For display case, please click here:
Model Ship Display Case