Georgia native builds a 36-ft long version of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus
Obsession, dedication and loads of time on your hand – 56-year old Danny McWilliams had all of these ‘advantages’ when he embarked on the herculean endeavor of building a 36-ft long mammoth replica of the Nautilus. For those who have blasphemously missed out on the Jules Verne classic, Nautilus was the mysterious flagship submarine of the one-and-only Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Danny McWilliams adopted the Disney version of the Nautilus, which was portrayed in the 1954 movie starring Kirk Douglas and James Mason.
As we can make out from the images, the designer has invested a lot of time of this DIY design (when quantified, it goes beyond an year). According to the grapevine, McWilliams already has his fair share of eccentricities; which presumably did come in handy when starting out with a project of massive proportions like this. The contrivance also has a flurry of nifty details, like a propeller-like imitation at the rear-end and two bowl-shaped portholes bedecking the flanks.
The Nautilus replica is currently based at McWilliams’ rural home in Ellijay, Georgia. However, beyond all the personality traits of oddity and whimsicality, there is a conscientious side to the whole scope. In this regard, the designer’s long term goal is to selflessly donate the submarine replica to a museum in Florida, after putting on the finishing touches.