In the 1869 fresh Twenty Thousand Leagues Below the Sea, the novelist Jules Verne writes that Captain Nemo’s Nautilus became once performed at a ‘secret desolate tract island plan’ the spend of various parts shipped in from the arena over.
In a prolonged checklist of manufacturers, Jules Verne slips in nearly missed that the iron plates of the hull of the Nautilus had been made at ‘Laird’s of Liverpool’, which surely is the Lairds shipyard of close by Birkenhead.
The hull of a submarine is practically your entire visible structure, so, in exterior appearance no longer no longer as a lot as, Captain Nemo’s Nautilus is a Birkenhead-built ship.
Jules Verne affords the Nautilus a double hull, and taking the figures given by Verne, it sounds as if between 70%–80% of the entire weight of the vessel became once manufactured at Lairds of Birkenhead.
Not most likely as this would perhaps perhaps sound, it’s most likely no longer so comely ought to you be taught Jules Verne’s history. Certainly, Jules Verne has many other links with Birkenhead and these are detailed on a brand new websites launched at this time:
The predominant three parts are posted at this time.
Share 1 From Birkenhead to Atlantis: The Merseyside Origins of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus.
Share 2 Jules Verne’s Cherish Affair with Birkenhead.
Share 3 Who became once Jules Verne?
More postings are planned over the summer.
It is hoped that Birkenhead can spend its links with Jules Verne in the the same blueprint that the close by town of Prescot has extinct its links with William Shakespeare to relief regenerate the town.
John Lamb, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel.: 0151 291 4598
Jules Verne became once so winning at ‘hiding’ the Merseyside origins of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus that as a lot as at this time (23/6/21) there is no longer one single entry on the acquire highlighting Liverpool or Birkenhead’s contribution to the enhance of the vessel. So, to all capabilities, that is a brand new revelation!
Jules Verne affords the Nautilus an outer hull of nearly 400 heaps on a double-hulled submarine weighing 1,300 heaps. Then but again, he neglects to provide the burden of the thicker inner hull, also built at Lairds, a hull which resists the wide pressures of the ocean depths and is far heavier.
In Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Below the Sea (1869), the Nautilus dives to the deepest identified piece of the ocean, so its hull might want to love been immensely solid and thick – and it's far this heavier 2nd hull that pushes Birkenhead’s contribution to between 70% and 80% of the entire weight of the Nautilus.
Here's a Birkenhead-built hull that, in fiction, no longer no longer as a lot as, has to soar below the Antarctic Ice, relief repel the big squid, and hover over the lost city of Atlantis.
In the 1860s, Lairds had a repute for constructing sections for steel ships to be assembled in far off locations; the largest example became once the explorer David Livingstone’s ship the Ma Robert, which became once assembled on the banks of the Zambesi River in 1858.
‘Historians agree that despite being assembled in a miles-off plan, the Ma Robert became once a Birkenhead-built ship and I dangle we ought to mild also settle for the the same of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus – one in all the most renowned vessels in contemporary science fiction.’
‘Jules Verne first visited Liverpool and Birkenhead in 1859 – it became once the predominant time he had ever tell foot open air his native France.’
‘Jules Verne wrote 54 novels in his tell of tales known as the Voyages Extraordinaires. The predominant fresh The Adventures of Captain Hatteras (1864) follows a polar expedition that activate from … Birkenhead.’
‘Verne’s 1871 fresh The Floating Metropolis describes his voyage on the Substantial Jap from Birkenhead to Fresh York’. ‘The illustrations of the Substantial Jap in the unconventional are about a of the most iconic of the Victorian generation and but no one looks to realise that these views are of Birkenhead’. (watch websites)
‘In 1860, the American George Francis Prepare launched Europe’s first tram machine to Birkenhead; ten years later he became the predominant particular person to ever shuttle around the arena in eighty days.’
‘I will be meeting officers from Wirral Council subsequent month to train about these and my other findings about Jules Verne and Birkenhead to be serialized on my new websites.’
‘We ought to mild no longer underestimate the attraction of Jules Verne, he is the “Father of Science Fiction” and has been translated into more languages than William Shakespeare; he has been tailored for tv and movie more than every other writer … and he obviously cherished Birkenhead, which he known as his “veritable suburb”.’
‘Lairds shipyard of Birkenhead had upright performed the polar analysis vessel The Sir David Attenborough. Smartly suited forward of the open of the ship, Sir David expressed his pleasure at the links between Lairds shipyard, Captain Nemo’s Nautilus and his like vessel – his letter is on the internet impart material.’
‘Jules Verne mentions Birkenhead or Lairds shipyard in a total of eight novels and these are all quoted in full on my websites. The novels are:
Backwards to Britain (1859)
The Adventures of Captain Hatteras
Twenty Thousand Leagues Below the Sea
A Floating Metropolis (1871)
The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa. (1872)
The Survivors of the Chancellor
An Antarctic Thriller (1897)
Inch back and forth Scholarships (1903)
There is also proof that Verne’s personality Robur the Conqueror (1886) could perhaps perhaps even like been named after the Birkenhead motto Ubi Fides Ibi Lux et Robur – readers can design up their very like minds.’
The websites ‘Jules Verne and the Heroes of Birkenhead’ is a nonprofit-making location; on the opposite hand, this would perhaps perhaps even lastly be produced into e book make as piece of a trilogy of books:
Jules Verne and the Heroes of Birkenhead
The Superheroes of Birkenhead
The Furious Commodore (2024).
John Lamb, frail 58.
Aged Head of Geography, The Liverpool Blue Coat Faculty, England.
References for Verification
The foundation of the hull of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus being inbuilt Laird’s of Liverpool in the unconventional 20,000 Leagues Below the Sea could perhaps also be stumbled on right here;
Web page:Works of Jules Verne - Parke - Vol 5.djvu/86 - Wikisource, the free online library
The statistics that I extinct for calculating that 70%–80% of the burden of the Nautilus (i.e. the double hull) became once inbuilt Birkenhead could perhaps also be stumbled on right here:
Twenty Thousand Leagues Below the Seas by Jules Verne: Share 1 Chapter 13 (endured) - The Literature Web page
The seven other novels the assign Jules Verne extinct ships inbuilt Birkenhead / mentions Birkenhead are:
1. Backwards to Britain (1859)
Backwards to Britain - Google Books
2. The Adventures of Captain Hatteras
The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras/Chapter III - Wikisource, the free online library
3. A Floating Metropolis (1871)
The Unheard of Voyages: 41 Books in One Quantity (Illustrated Edition ... - Jules Verne - Google Books
4. The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa (1872)
Tales of Intrepid Voyages & Discoveries: The Jules Verne's Series (38 ... - Jules Verne - Google Books
5. The Survivors of the Chancellor (1874)
The Survivors of the Chancellor (forgottenbooks.com)
6. An Antarctic Thriller (1897)
An Antarctic Thriller/Chapter 2 - Wikisource, the free online library
7. Inch back and forth Scholarships (1903)
Inch back and forth Scholarships - Jules Verne - Google Books
Initially, there are three articles on the websites; a fourth and fifth concerning more findings about Jules Verne’s intimate relationship with Birkenhead could be posted in mid-July 2021 and a sixth article in mid-August.
John Lamb, 23 June 2021.
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