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The Vessels



Of course, no gallery of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea would be complete without something about the incomparable submarine Seaview.  I didn't question the sometimes less than stellar special effects, or the fact that season two episodes were using season one footage.  Nor did I wonder at the fact that the control room, near the front of the boat sometimes had the men climbing out in the conning tower, which was somewhere near the middle.  

All I saw was a sleek and fantabulous vessel that was real enough in someone's imagination to make it real in mine.  The Seaview's most striking feature was in front--the windows.  There were eight in the first season.  That was reduced to four in consequent seasons.  We can only assume that the sub had a major overhaul to accommodate the other fabulous creation--the Flying Sub. 

A little haiku best describes my feelings about the Seaview:

Seaview, strong and proud

One with the water and waves

Queen of her domain.


(I must apologize as I am not sure who supplied most of these pictures.  If you see one of yours and I don't credit you, please email me and let me correct the mistake.)  



The one thing that the special effects people were able to do was to make the viewer believe that you had a full-sized, more than 500 foot long working submarine.  Some of the dimensions vary, but based on the model scales, Seaview is approximately 40 plus feet wide and a bit over 60 feet from keel to sail.   She is fast, maneuverable, and deadly, having the capacity for storing and firing up to 16 missiles.  Seaview has discharged electricity through her hull to discourage a variety of monsters and has done the same with a bow laser.  The creation of the genius mind of Admiral Nelson, the boat lives on in the imaginations of those of us who grew up with and love the series on which she appeared.  Home port is in Santa Barbara, based at the Nelson Institute of Marine Research.  A web site dedicated to N.I.M.R. regularly gets mail from those seeking jobs, wanting to bounce off inventions and the like.  Such is the life of such vivid creations. 




  The emergency blow caught by LaJuan in two angles.  First is one that is very unlikely and the second a bit later, which is more real.  Either way, these captures from the opening episode of season one (Eleven Days to Zero) is still a wonder to behold. 




Flying Sub seen from the bow windows.



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