Wednesday, February 4, 2009
On this day in 1957, the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), logged its 60,000th nautical mile, matching the endurance of the fictional Nautilus described in Jules Verne's novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea".
You can read the novel online here.
Walt Disney released the movie 20000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1954. It was directed by Richard Fleischer; the cast includes Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lucas, and Peter Lorre.
The movie won two Oscars: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color; and Best Effects, Special Effects. It was nominated for Best Film Editing.
A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.
Here's the trailer (scroll down for the full length movie):
Here's the full movie, in a playlist: