Personal submarine


C-Quester 2 and C-Quester 3 personal submarines by U-Boat Worx

In Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Captain Nemo's motto, engraved on the silverware in his submarine the Nautilus, is Mobilis in Mobile - mobile in a mobile element.

I'm not in the habit of posting photographs of shiny luxury products in my journal, but these Lithium-Ion battery powered, personal submersible craft have got me in a daydream, exploring the ocean in my cute Jetsons-style machine. There's something uniquely thrilling, scary and seductive about the thought of navigating all alone in one of these tiny submarines through acres of sea!

I found them while researching Ocean, my project currently under construction.

It helps my imagination that I recently returned from a visit to Boston's New England Aquarium where I spent several hours among the jelly fish, turtles, sharks and sea plants - and that I am currently immersed in Jules Verne's epic work of science fiction.

Written in 1869, the story takes us on an undersea voyage recounted by French naturalist Professor Pierre Arronnax, the captive 'guest' of Captain Nemo in his visionary submarine.

I'm enjoying Verne's determination to remain scientific as he builds a fantastical novel. Chapter by chapter he blurs lines between physics and art, science and drama...


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Online translation by F.P. Walter with Milo Winter's 1922 illustrations for Rand Mc Nally & Company