The History Of Diving Museum has announced that it is celebrating the Jules Verne classic “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”
The inspirational story is over 150 years old, and it was first published in serial form in the French magazine Magasin d’education et de récréation.
When writing the book, Verne was inspired by many inventions he saw at the 1867 World’s Fair in Paris. These include the Nautilus submarine, which was inspired by the French submarine Plongeur. At the same time, the diving suites are based on the Rouquayrol-Denayrouze diving apparatus.
Verne also used the first-ever transatlantic telegraph in the story, which was a communication revolution when it launched in 1858. The cable reduced the time needed to convey a message across the Atlantic from weeks to minutes.
Celebrating the work, a piece of the original transatlantic cable is on display at the History of Diving Museum. In addition, you can also view a model of the Nautilus and a working replica of the helmet worn by Captain Nemo in the 1954 Disney film version of the story.
You can find out more about the History of Diving Museum here.