WELCOME TO VULCANIA
THE HOME OF MANNED-SCALE SUBMERSIBLES
GREETINGS! This Website is for fans of underwater technologies in general, and Walt Disney’s 1954 movie version of Jules Verne’s 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA in particular. If you’re interested in either or both, you’ve come to the right place.
I am your Webmaster, Pat Regan. VULCANIA SUBMARINE is my R&D facility located (where else?) on a remote volcanic island in the Pacific. (Some call it Hawaii; to us it’s Vulcania. J)
Here I design, build, and dive unique underwater technologies like the NAUTILUS MINISUB (World’s first real submarine of Disney Nautilus configuration in any scale) and our handcrafted functional replicas of the Disney 20,000 Leagues diving apparatus.
As a very young boy in 1954, Leagues sparked my interest in the sea. I converted a surplus gas mask for skin-diving use in 1956; began dedicated research and founded the first Vulcania Submarine shop in California, 1976 - 1979; launched the Nautilus Minisub in 1991; and moved Vulcania Submarine to Hawaii in 1993.
I first disclosed my works online in Europe in 1994; was gifted pages on two European sites in 1997 and 1998; and two more pages on USA-based websites in 1998 & 1999: all of which were instrumental in generating new waves of interest among homebuilt submarine, scale model, Jules Verne, Sci-Fi movie, vintage SCUBA, deep sea diving helmet, and Disney Nautilus fans worldwide.
I founded this VSC website in 2001 and have continued through the present day. Here, you'll find information about the projects of VULCANIA SUBMARINE, homebuilt submersibles, SCUBA and hardhat diving, Disney’s 20,000 Leagues movie, Disney NAUTILUS models, Leagues-related Disney theme parks, and more.
Our HOME Page is an Index divided into categories and titles to simplify your search: just scroll down and click on the hyperlinks.
We’re always building something new; and adding to this website at random times.
As of 2020, we've entered an "accelerated" phase of operations to get the submarine refurbished and into the ocean with our 20K divers by 2021. Then, the real fun starts. J
We hope you'll enjoy your visit here, and stop back by occasionally to see what’s new in our part of the ocean.