Breakfast With Nemo

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After their breakfast, Nemo shares a blueprint of his 230-foot-long sub: "Here, Professor Aronnax, are the different dimensions of this boat now transporting you. It's a very long cylinder with conical ends. It noticeably takes the shape of a cigar, a shape already adopted in London for several projects of the same kind." Experimental submarines indeed pre-dated Verne's novel, although none had approached the capabilities of the Nautilus.

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