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20000 Leagues Under The Sea

The year 1866 is an important time in nautical history. It is the year that the world was first terrified by an amazing ocean going monster, the Nautilus. During that year several ships had met with this "thing," a long slender object much bigger in size than any creature known to man. After tons of sightings and the pass of many months the "monster" began attacking any vessel that drew near. This alarmed all the world's nations and the United States decided that they would send out the Abraham Lincoln to defeat the "monster," and once again bring peace to all the seas.

For the expedition the best ocean educated men were invited to join the crew for the the journey. Included in this group was Monsieur Aronnax of the Paris museum and Ned Land, a world known harpooner. Monsieur Aronnax had written a two-volume work called Mysteries of the Ocean Depths. His work was especially well received by scientists, making him a specialist in that field. With him he brought his trusted servant of ten years, Conseil. Besides being Monsieurs loyal servant Conseil was an extremely bright classifier. He took great joy in this and was sometimes a big help to his master when identifying different creatures. Ned had an excellent shot with his harpoon, one so good that fisherman around the world knew his name.

The rough travels from one ocean to the next for months without a sign of the wretched creature. Then on the night of November 5 the Ned spotted a bright glow approaching from just below the waters surface. Reports stated that at times the monster tended to glow, so they took pursuit. For a day and two nights the Abraham Lincoln chased the monster through the waters of the Northern Pacific. As the creature let them draw near, the Abraham Lincoln began firing its cannons at the monster but the cannon fire would just bounce off what seemed to be a thick layer of armor. At last the monster began circling the frigate and suddenly began a rush at the side of the boat. The crash tossed some men to the decks and threw overboard Monsieur Aronnax and Ned Land. At the sight of his master plunging into the dark sea Conseil dove into the water to save the professor.

The three men tread water for many hours until at last Ned came upon a large, hard object floating in the water. All three assumed it was the dead monster but as they climbed up on Ned's discovery they found that it was not a once living creature but a large vessel produced of metal. After sitting on top for a while, regaining their energy they were unexpectedly apprehended and brought inside the submarine. They were put into a dark room and after a good couple of hours a bright light came on and in walked two dark-haired, strongly built men. Monsieur and Ned told their stories to the men in many different languages but to no avail. Both men appeared deaf and mute. Shortly after the visit from the men another deaf member of the crew brought in a large meal and fresh clothing for the three.

Monsieur, Ned, and Conseil were withheld in the room and cared for until one of the dark haired men from the first visit confronted them again two days later. He spoke to all three men in perfect French explaining to them their rights on board the submarine, how they would be accommodated, and who he was. He was Captain Nemo commander of the Nautilus. Ned and Conseil shared a room but the professor had his own quarters just before those of the Captain. For the next week they never saw Captain Nemo but the men fascinated themselves with other pleasures onboard. Of the other rooms on board the ship the three captives were allowed admittance to the kitchen, the library, and a large lounge.

The lounge was more of a museum, and by far the most amazing room aboard. It had works from some of the most famous artists, many beautiful pieces from the sea, and a large glass window on either side of the room that open to show the all of the ocean's creatures in their natural state. One could spend years reading all the works in the library and it too was an amazing site. There were all sorts of works on science, morality, and literature written in every known language.

On the 16th of November Monsieur, Ned and Conseil were all invited by the Captain to join him on a hunting expedition in the underwater

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