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31 JULY 2001: VULCANIASUBMARINE.COM is online via ADDR Webhosting and Network Solutions.
01 OCTOBER 2001: VulcaniaSubmarine.Com server stats report 381 hits in 62.4 days during August and September. Site activity limited to email response to information requests, while designing site additions for publication.
14 FEBRUARY 2002: Website activity has been slow; only another 358 hits from Nov 01 till now: about 3 hits per day. Not much there but the email address and home page. Working on other projects now and website has to take a back seat for a while.
01 OCTOBER 2003: After a couple years downtime, the website is up and running again. WYSIWYG. Or, check the THINGS TO COME page for changes and improvements we have planned for the future.
02 OCTOBER 2003: The EMAIL TO WEBMASTER function has been installed; however, I am unable to access it to read or reply to messages because my server is suddenly and mysteriously offline. I’ve learned the server renewed their domain name today. I’m advised that, perhaps through an oversight on their part, they let their domain name expire, and are now in the process of bringing their pages back online. At any rate, my ability to upload pages to VSC seems unaffected. I hope to have the email working soon.
02 OCTOBER 2003: Installed the WHAT’S NEW page to advise visitors of (you guessed it) what’s new at VSC.
03 OCTOBER 2003: My server is back online and the EMAIL TO WEBMASTER is working; however, any email sent during the past two days didn’t get through. (The test messages I sent didn’t make it, so neither did yours.) If you sent any email to the webmaster over the past two days, I didn’t receive it. Please send your message again. Thanks!
03 OCTOBER 2003: Added GUY TAKIGUCHI’s amazing Brass-Clad
NAUTILUS replica to the NAUTILUS MODELS section. Installed a more appropriate background to
04 OCTOBER 2003: Activated DISCUSSION GROUP. Twelve hours later, after many corrections, I think I got it right. Try making a post and see how it comes out!
04 OCTOBER 2003: Added three pictures of the 20-foot NAUTILUS trolley model and 11-foot special effects model to the BEHIND THE SCENES page. ALSO, made textual improvements to WILLIAM BABINGTON’s page.
05 OCTOBER 2003: Took the WDW
06 OCTOBER 2003: WDW
06 OCTOBER 2003: Added BUILDING THE NAUTILUS DIVER page. More will be added soon, when project is completed.
08 OCTOBER 2003: Added an email link to TECH-TALK: a technical information source for fans of underwater technologies and homebuilt submarines.
09 OCTOBER 2003: Added three images (some courtesy of Rich Bean) to the NAUTILUS IMAGES page.
10 OCTOBER 2003: Added link to BRASS HAT DIVER on our LINKS page. Made an addition to the READ THIS FIRST page for those whose computers are unable to access pages on VSC.
11 OCTOBER 2003: Added a picture of the original HYPERSUB pool test model to the BUILDING THE HYPERSUB page.
12 OCTOBER 2003: Added a tribute page to THE DISNEY DIVERS.
13 OCTOBER 2003: Added a Nautilus model image to the TOM SCHERMAN page, courtesy of Wayne Orlicki; and added a screen capture of the 20-footer in Fox Lake to the BEHIND THE SCENES page, courtesy of Ty Bumgardner. Thanks fellas!
14 OCTOBER 2003: Reconfigured the PRODUCTION ARTWORK page for smoother scrolling. Corrected the LINKS to the JULES VERNE COLLECTION of Garmt de Vries. (Go have a look at his site, it’s great!) Also, added a link to the FREE VIDEO CLIPS page where you can access and download Rob LeDrew’s 15 minute WDW 20,000 LEAGUES VOYAGE ride video! Highly recommended!
15 OCTOBER 2003: Reconfigured PETER MADSEN’s page for his submarine FREYA; now it scrolls freely, like it’s supposed to.
17 OCTOBER 2003: Added a page for THE BIONIC DOLPHIN in the FEATURED SUBS department. Thanks, Doc and Dusty!
18 OCTOBER 2003: Added THE JOURNAL OF PROFESSOR P. ARONNAX to the WEBSITE DEPARTMENTS section. This is an editorial page where information, thoughts, and opinions on various site-related topics will be presented by the Webmaster to enhance public awareness and stimulate intellectual debate.
27 OCTOBER 2003: Added a page for Karl Stanley’s newest submarine, IDABEL. (More to follow soon.) Also added the article entitled ANALYSIS PARALYSIS to THE JOURNAL.
29 OCTOBER 2003: Added a FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page.
31 OCTOBER 2003: Added a new department:
01 NOVEMBER 2003: Installed a graphic image of a new VULCANIA SUBMARINE logo on the MESSAGE BOARD page.
02 NOVEMBER 2003: Deactivated the MESSAGE BOARD, TECH TALK, and JOURNAL links; to be reconfigured at a later date.
ALSO: reorganized the HOMEPAGE to improve hyperlink navigation throughout the site.
03 NOVEMBER 2003: Added another in-process shot of the helmet to the BUILDING THE NAUTILUS DIVER page. ALSO: added graphic image of a new VULCANIA SUBMARINE LOGO to the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page.
04 NOVEMBER 2003: Updated the page for Karl Stanley’s new sub IDABEL with new information.
05 NOVEMBER 2003: Added a page with the first pictures of Peter Madsen’s new submarine, KRAKA, to the FEATURED SUBMARINES section of the HOMEBUILT SUBMERSIBLES department.
12 NOVEMBER 2003: Added a picture of PROFESSOR ARONNAX’S CABIN
13 NOVEMBER 2003: Added two more pictures of Peter Madsen’s
new submarine KRAKA under construction in
14 NOVEMBER 2003: Added picture of the CHARTROOM to the
20 NOVEMBER 2003: Reactivated THE JOURNAL with articles: HOMEBUILT SUBMARINES, ANALYSIS PARALYSIS, DEEP FLIGHT?, and THE NEED FOR SPEED.
21 NOVEMBER 2003: Reactivated the MESSAGE BOARD.
22 NOVEMBER 2003: We’ve had another technical malfunction with the MESSAGE BOARD and it is inoperative again. Please don’t post any messages there until it’s been corrected. I’ll post a notice here when that’s been done and the Board is operational again. If you need to contact us, please use the EMAIL TO THE WEBMASTER function. Thanks.
22 NOVEMBER 2003: The MESSAGE BOARD is operational again.
23 NOVEMBER 2003: Deactivated THE JOURNAL page. Commentary, messages, announcements and such will now be handled through the MESSAGE BOARD.
27 NOVEMBER 2003: Reactivated THE JOURNAL OF PROFESSOR P. ARONNAX (commentary by the Webmaster).
28 NOVEMBER 2003: Added the HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN SUBMARINE page to the Index; began organizing a list of people who might be interested in purchasing the forthcoming Homebuilt Submarine “How-To” Manual on the MESSAGE BOARD.
29 NOVEMBER 2003: Added Carsten Standfuss’ EURONAUT to the LINKS page. Awesome sub project. Check it out!
05 DECEMBER 2003: Added Carsten Standfuss’ SGT. PEPPERS to the FEATURED SUBS department. Here are some never-before-seen underwater pictures of this unique homebuilt in operation. Take a look!
13 DECEMBER 2003:
Added a link to Dave Shuff’s new website dedicated to the 20,000 LEAGUES
RIDE at WDW
19 DECEMBER 2003: Added a page featuring Dan Kachur’s great NAUTILUS replica to the NAUTILUS MODELS department. This is the functional R/C version featured in the December 1992 issue of SCALE SHIP MODELER MAGAZINE. Some never-seen things there, too.
10 JANUARY 2004: Been too busy doing other things to mess with
the Website lately. Today I put a link
to the NAUTILUS MINISUB PROVING TEST VIDEO CLIP at the bottom of the TESTING
THE NAUTILUS MINISUB IN
16 JANUARY 2004: Added the story of THE NAUTILUS MINISUB to THE JOURNAL OF PROFESSOR P. ARONNAX. Tells a little about how and why we built this submarine. I intend to follow this article with another about the NEMOSUIT.
24 JANUARY 2004: Added some new pictures of PETER MADSEN’S KRAKA in the Submarine Department. Also added more pictures (Courtesy of Jim Boyd: thanks Jimmy!) to LEON LYONS’ page in the Underwater Technologies Department.
26 JANUARY 2004: Added a new link to BOB MARTIN’s improved R/C Nautilus Submarine site, entitled (appropriately enough) R/C SUBMARINES. Access this site through the BOB MARTIN hyperlink on our LINKS page. And look forward to a page about Bob’s gorgeous R/C NAUTILUS coming soon to the NAUTILUS MODELS DEPARTMENT here at VSC. Enjoy!
27 JANUARY 2004: Added eight new pictures to the NAUTILUS IMAGES page, featuring the work of two extremely talented artists I’ve only recently discovered: CHRISTOPHE LENGRAND and PAUL MCDONNEL. Obviously, these guys really love the NAUTILUS, and their graphic representations are truly worthy of recognition. Absolutely beautiful!
28 JANUARY 2004: Added several new pictures to the PRODUCTION ARTWORK page.
28 JANUARY 2004: Added a link to Richard Adams’ DIVING MACHINES website on the LINKS page.
28 JANUARY 2004: Added a couple B&W pictures to THE DISNEY
DIVERS page of Kirk
03 FEBRUARY 2004: Will Babington provided some great photos of
Tom Scherman’s DIVER replica and the original 11-Foot NAUTILUS SFX Model, and
I’ve posted them on the
07 FEBRUARY 2004: On the VSC LINKS page: reactivated the hyperlink to my NAUTILUS MINISUB page at the SUBCOMMITTEE, which got a new URL when it went to the archive there as part of their website makeover. Thanks to Bob Martin, new Webmaster at SUBCOMMITTEE. If you’re into R/C model subs, this is one place you don’t want to miss.
11 FEBRUARY 2004: On the MESSAGE BOARD, Nick Bowen explained the procedures to insert pictures into the messages we post there, and as long as it doesn’t get too outrageous I invite you all to have some fun with that. I’ve tried it, and it works!
12 FEBRUARY 2004: To the PRODUCTION ARTWORK page: added one rare B&W rendering of the entire composition that eventually became the basis for the color movie poster used to advertise 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. It’s a nice picture; definitely worth a look.
12 FEBRUARY 2004: To the POSTERS AND LOBBYCARDS page: Added a good quality image of a recent poster
15 FEBRUARY 2004: To the TOM SCHERMAN page in the NAUTILUS
MODELS Department: I’ve added a sketch Tom did on a napkin of the Nautilus display at the
MYSTERIOUS ISLAND attraction in
19 FEBRUARY 2004: Added eight more pictures to WILLIAM BABINGTON’s page in the NAUTILUS MODELS department. Will’s page was one of the first I did, and it’s always been pretty sparse. These additions have been a long time coming. I’ve added pics of his early 6-inch NAUTILUS; his in-process Goff NAUTILUS prototype model; and images of an Artist’s Proof Model of the soon-to-be-released Disney 50th Anniversary NAUTILUS replica in 1:96 scale. You owe yourself a look!
21 FEBRUARY 2004: Added another poster to the POSTERS AND LOBBY CARDS page: “Just for Grins.” Check it out! J
21 FEBRUARY 2004: To the TOM SCHERMAN page in the NAUTILUS
MODELS department: I’ve added a picture of
Tom Scherman and Dan Kachur (taken by Dan’s wife Bertha in 1995) outside Tom’s
22 FEBRUARY 2004: Added four new images to the BEHIND THE SCENES page.
22 FEBRUARY 2004: Added a whimsical postcard to the EURODISNEY page; an early Storyboard Drawing of the underwater hunt to the PRODUCTION ARTWORK page; and a two-photo composition comparing the original 11-foot SFX NAUTILUS model to the new 50th Anniversary Replica on WILLIAM BABINGTON’s page.
14 MARCH 2004: Been busy in the shop and have fallen behind on things I’ve wanted to add to the website. Tonight I added a link to an online version of Jules Verne’s 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea for the benefit of those who may wish to read or refer to the book. Check the LINKS page under Jules Verne.
15 APRIL 2004: STILL busy in the shop and way behind on additions to the website. Tonight I added a couple new pics of Andrew Probert’s NAUTILUS and LEGEND FOUND paintings to the NAUTILUS IMAGES page; and also added some links to Probert’s site under the DISNEY’S 20,000 LEAGUES section of our LINKS page. Probert is the artist who (among many other things) did the cover painting for the now-famous 1984 copy of CINEFANTASTIQUE MAGAZINE that featured Harry Hathorne’s retrospective on the making of LEAGUES. He’s got a new painting, LEGEND FOUND, and it’s pretty cool in it’s own right. Check it out!
11 MAY 2004: Haven’t had much time for the website lately. Today I added a link to THE NAUTILUS DIVING CHAMBER: a discussion group about 20,000 LEAGUES and Underwater Technologies at YAHOO! This makes four YAHOO! Groups that I’m aware of, that are dedicated to this subject. The purpose is to provide a place where people can meet and exchange information in an internet environment more suited to that sort of thing than the Message Board here at VSC is. Go there; join the group; and have a good time!
15 MAY 2004: On the FREE VIDEO CLIPS page, you will find a link to an online video game entitled NEMO’S REVENGE which you can play on your computer. You get to be Captain Nemo, walking along the bottom of the sea in full diving gear, shooting your way through dangerous denizens of the deep while on a mission to recover the stolen NAUTILUS power source. The game was created by NICK CROCCO, and is a lot of fun. Give it a try!
03 JUNE 2004: On the PRODUCTION ARTWORK PAGE, I have added six original production artwork paintings, done by Harper Goff for Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. These paintings were once in the private collection of LEAGUES Film Editor ELMO WILLIAMS, and a letter of authenticity from him is included. Enjoy!
04 JUNE 2004: To the DISNEY DIVERS page: Ty Bumgardner contributed three pictures of large scale props used during filming in the Bahamas; they are in the Tribute section Also, I’ve begun a new section toward the bottom of the page entitled MORE DIVER IMAGES towards the bottom of the page. There, you’ll find seven more pictures from Harry Hathorne, Ty Bumgardner, and from my own collection. The intent is to provide pics of the dive suits, dive operation, and interesting factoids relative thereto. Expect this new sub-section to grow in the future!
21 JUNE 2004: Temporarily suspended collecting names of people interested in the HOME BUILT SUBMARINE HOW-TO MANUAL. Also, temporarily deactivated the VULCANIA SUBMARINE MESSAGE BOARD.
27 JUNE 2004: Added two more links on the FREE VIDEO CLIPS page: these access user interactive links where a person can take a visual tour of the interior cabins and exterior areas of the NAUTILUS submarine; and, there’s an animated “fly through” where you can travel through a CG NAUTILUS interior, from the pilot house to the diving chamber and back again. These are only demo links for a company called RENDEROSITY who sells CD’s with these programs on them (and more) whereby you can do a lot more than these links allow. But check it out! And take a look at the other things they offer, too. Just might see something you like.
19 JULY 2004: Added a link to an mpg clip of Tom Yourk’s Jet NAUTILUS model rigged with water cannons to reproduce the bow wave effect seen in 20,000 LEAGUES. Check out the FREE VIDEO CLIPS page. Also learned the link to the NAUTILUS PROVING TEST video clip is no longer operational. Will be fixing that in the near future, priorities notwithstanding.
21 JULY 2004: Uploaded NAUTCLIP1A to this website. This is a 10 MEG AVI clip of excerpts from the NAUTILUS MINISUB PROVING TEST videos, taken back in 1991, and set to music. It used to be carried as a courtesy on another website, but no longer is. So I decided to bring it home where it belongs. You can find it on the FREE VIDEO CLIPS page, and there’s also a link to it on the TESTING THE NAUTILUS MINISUB page here at VSC. This was our first attempt at an AVI many years ago, and the video quality is pretty pixilated, but at least you can see what’s going on. The music is CD quality, so adjust your audio to taste.
07 AUGUST 2004: Uploaded two preview pics of the recently completed NAUTILUS DIVER helmet. The Project is complete except for a few minor details we’ll be taking care of in the next week. We’ll be posting more pics of the steps leading up to the completed rig, plus more of the entire assembly on display, as soon as possible.
12 AUGUST 2004: Finished the NAUTILUS DIVER PROJECT today. Whew! More pics to follow after I rest a while. J
12 AUGUST 2004: Uploaded five new CGI renderings to the
NAUTILUS IMAGES page. Scroll down to the
bottom and look for the word NEW. Some pretty amazing images there from the
MALERWERKST website in
14 AUGUST 2004: Added two photos of the finished NAUTILUS DIVER project, at the bottom of the BUILDING THE NAUTILUS DIVER page. The rig is ready to dive.
15 AUGUST 2004: Added two more photos of the NAUTILUS DIVER to the BUILDING THE NAUTILUS DIVER page.
15 AUGUST 2004: Added two more essays to THE JOURNAL OF PROFESSOR ARONNAX: one describing how we built and tested the NEMOSUIT, and the other about our most recently completed NAUTILUS DIVER project.
16 AUGUST 2004: Added three more pictures of the “Getting Suited Up” display to the BUILDING THE NAUTILUS DIVER page.
16 AUGUST 2004: Added two more pictures to the BUILDING THE NAUTILUS DIVER page: this time, it’s of both the NEMOSUIT and DIVER on display. With this, I declare the building of the NAUTILUS DIVER to be done. Next, we dive!
17 AUGUST 2004: Uploaded two new pics to the bottom of the
17 AUGUST 2004: Added a new page to the site: NEWEST
CREWMEMBER OF THE NAUTILUS, to share the joy of our dear friends, TY and ASHLEY
ALLEY, and their new son TYDES WILLIAM ALLEY IV. Ty is the owner of the AQUALA SPORTS
MANUFACTURING COMPANY in Shreveport,
20 AUGUST 2004: Just for grins, I added one more picture to the BUILDING THE NAUTILUS DIVER page. Scroll down to the bottom and check it out. J
25 AUGUST 2004: According to all major Search Engines and our Server Stats, VULCANIASUBMARINE.COM is the number-one website for people searching for the Disney Nautilus. Today, I added an informative commentary entitled STATISTICS to the JOURNAL OF PROFESSOR ARONNAX page. My way of saying “THANKS!” to all you Leaguers around the World who appreciate what we’re doing here. Many Mahalos!
26 AUGUST 2004: Added seven more pictures including some from Harry Hathorne’s collection to the bottom of THE DISNEY DIVERS page. Scroll down and look for the word NEW! Enjoy!
27 AUGUST 2004: Rowland Scherman was kind enough to send us two significant family photos which have been added to his brother Tom’s page in the NAUTILUS MODELS section. Scroll down to the bottom of the TOM SCHERMAN page and look for the word NEW! This addition gives the page a perspective it never had before. Muchly appreciated, Rowland. Thank you.
27 AUGUST 2004: Karl Stanley just sent us the first picture
of IDABEL operating underwater in
30 AUGUST 2004: Ammended text on the SCOTT BRODEEN page in the NAUTILUS MODELS Department, crediting RICHARD COYLE for his efforts in producing the 16-inch NAUTILUS replica distributed for many years by the DISNEYANA Store.
04 SEPTEMBER 2004: Added the REGAN Family Crest to the INDEX page.
15 SEPTEMBER 2004: Added a new page, NEON NEMO, to the NAUTILUS IMAGES Department. This is a collection of photos from VSC rendered in a computer-generated “neon” format.
16 SEPTEMBER 2004: Added a black-and-white graphic entitled KEEP ON LEAGUIN’ (reminiscent of the original artwork in ZAP COMICS by R. Crumb) to the INDEX PAGE. Slogan and Image Copyright Pat Regan, 2004, “All Rights Reserved.”
29 SEPTEMBER 2004: Transferred the graphic KEEP ON LEAGUIN’ from the INDEX page to the bottom of the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page.
29 SEPTEMBER 2004: Added a quote from Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to the INDEX page.
30 SEPTEMBER 2004: Added 41 more close-up pics (to the already-existing 8 pictures) showing the details of the Disney filming miniature on the DISNEY’S 11-FOOT SFX MODEL page in the NAUTILUS SCALE MODELS Department. Also added a continuation of this same topic, entitled DISNEY’S 11-FOOT SFX MODEL, PAGE TWO, where you will find an additional 40 pictures. Between the two pages, there is now a total of 89 detailed views of the 11-footer. Hopefully, this will be of benefit to scale modelers everywhere.
30 SEPTEMBER 2004: Made corrections to the LINKS and NAUTILUS IMAGES pages: MICHAEL and KAREN’s last name is spelled CRISAFULLI, not CHRISAFULLI. Sorry ‘bout that! J Anyway, go check out their website, listed on the LINKS page here at VSC. Great stuff about Jules Verne and the NAUTILUS. Guaranteed you won’t be wasting your time there.
01 OCTOBER 2004: Added three more candid photos of “Mr.
Nautilus” on the job in
07 OCTOBER 2004: Added You Are From The Warship That Attacked Me (a parody of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) to the JOURNAL OF PROFESSOR ARONNAX page. Enjoy! J
08 OCTOBER 2004: In the NAUTILUS SCALE MODELS Department: added THE DISNEY 11-FOOT SFX MODEL, PAGE 3: a continuation of PAGE 2 containing thirty-three more detailed photos of the 11-foot NAUTILUS model.
08 OCTOBER 2004: Added another picture down at the bottom of the BUILDING THE NEMOSUIT page. Just for grins! J
08 OCTOBER 2004: We are grateful to the family of the late TOM SCHERMAN: particularly his brothers ROWLAND and DAVID, for their support of our efforts here at VSC. Recently, DAVID SCHERMAN wrote to express his thanks for our pages dedicated to Tom’s life and works. He also sent us a link to his own TOM SCHERMAN MEMORIAL WEBSITE, which has been added to our LINKS page, under the category DISNEY’S 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. On David’s site you will find a great photo of Tom at work on one of his NAUTILUS replicas, as well as several of the napkin drawings the late Mr. Scherman was famous for. Please take the time to visit this site.
08 OCTOBER 2004: Added a new page dedicated to the 20,000
LEAGUES EXPO, organized primarily by Kym Hainley in
08 OCTOBER 2004: Added five new pictures to the PRODUCTION ARTWORK Page. Scroll down towards the bottom and look for the word (you guessed it) NEW! J
09 OCTOBER 2004:
On our page dedicated to WALT DISNEYWORLD, FLORIDA: I’ve added a link to a
website entitled giveneyestosee.com where you’ll find a page featuring
M. Turner’s pictures documenting the demolition of the 20,000 LEAGUES RIDE
lagoon area. Pretty sad, but a must see,
really. Scroll down to the bottom of the
10 OCTOBER 2004: Added image of our new NAUTILUS DIVER LOGO to the NEON NEMO page. Also added an image of our new NAUTILUS MINISUB LOGO. Scroll down to the bottom.
11 OCTOBER 2004: Added a new page: THE CHALKBOARD. Updates and information about things and stuff here at VSC. You can find it on the INDEX page, or click the NEXT hyperlink here on the WHAT’S NEW page and it’ll take you there.
11 OCTOBER 2004: Added our new NEMOSUIT LOGO to the NEON NEMO page.
14 OCTOBER 2004: Added a new page: VULCANIA SUBMARINE APPAREL. So far we’re showing a few of the T-shirt designs worn by our Dive Crew. We’ll add more designs and items in the future. Will be making these available to the public on special order. Never can tell: somebody might want one! J
14 OCTOBER 2004: Added another new page: MISCELLANEOUS IMAGES. I’ve got quite a bit of stuff in my files that is kind of unusual yet interesting in its own way; but it just doesn’t fit in anywhere else on this website. This page will become the repository for that sort of thing. I’ll start with a few pics, and add on from time to time. Enjoy!
15 OCTOBER 2004: Added another picture to the PRODUCTION ARTWORK page: an illustration of a scene that never made it into the movie, where the castaways encounter the giant squid lurking outside the salon window. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for the word NEW!
21 OCTOBER 2004: Added three more color pictures of the inside
of that wealthy Saudi’s
14 NOVEMBER 2004: On the LINKS page: added a link to Dave Cooper’s website, SUBMARINEMOVIES.COM. Dave’s site is just getting started; he’s focused on all sorts of submarine movies; and you’ll find pages dedicated to Disney’s 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. Check it out; and keep an eye on it as Dave develops the site in days to come. Looks like a good one!
11 DECEMBER 2004: Where does the time go? We have the helmet from the NAUTILUS DIVER up
for auction on eBay. Check the
CHALKBOARD for the link. Also, today we
added a couple more pictures from PETER MADSEN in
22 DECEMBER 2004: We’ve been carrying some pictures on the
MISCELLANEOUS IMAGES page of what was described as a “Wealthy Saudi’s
01 JANUARY 2005: As work on the new NEMO II helmet progresses toward conclusion, VULCANIA SUBMARINE has been selected as the featured topic of the month at the DIVING HERITAGE WEBSITE. You can check it out at the following link. Look for the LEAGUES poster featuring “The Mightiest Mechanical Maniac of Them All.” http://www.divingheritage.com/patregan.htm Enjoy!
03 JANUARY 2005:
Courtesy of Diving Helmet Expert LEON LYONS: I’ve added an interesting graphic
from DESMARINS MIDIA DIGITAL in
08 JANUARY 2005: Added a “Sneak Preview” picture of the nearly-completed NEMO II helmet to the CHALKBOARD. Just click the NEXT hyperlink (below) and scroll down to the bottom of that page.
15 JANUARY 2005: (Date approximate) Removed outdated or redundant posts from the CHALKBOARD, including picture of the nearly-completed NEMO II helmet.
26 JANUARY 2005: As of 01:24 hours today, the NEMO II helmet project is completed.
29 JANUARY 2005: Added the BUILDING THE NEMO II page to the UNDERWATER TECHNOLOGIES section in the VULCANIA SUBMARINE Department. I coined a new term to describe this helmet: I call it “Honest to Goff”, because it is. Enjoy! J
02 FEBRUARY 2005: Added several more reference pictures and information to the BUILDING THE NEMO II page.
03 FEBRUARY 2005: An unforeseen shift in schedule gives me a
little time for the computer. Uploaded a
new page to the WALT DISNEY’S 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA Department, entitled
MEMORABILIA. We begin this new page by showcasing the
Leagues-related collectibles of well-known
06 FEBRUARY 2005: Came across a picture I’ve had for some time, misplaced in a file in a laptop I seldom use. Added it to the bottom of the TOM SCHERMAN page in the DISNEY NAUTILUS DEPARTMENT. I borrowed a line from Ned Land as the caption, because I felt it summarized the man’s life. Click the preceding hyperlink and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
06 FEBRUARY 2005: Taking full advantage of some downtime while I await minor surgery, I have posted another essay on the JOURNAL OF PROFESSOR P. ARONNAX page, about the NEMO II. Click on the following hyperlink, and scroll down to the bottom of the JOURNAL page.
08 FEBRUARY 2005: Added a new page to the website: CLASSIFIED ADS. There, you’ll find items for sale. We’ve only got a few things up right now, but we’ll be adding more in the future; so come on back and check it out once in a while. J I’ll write a little bit about it on the CHALKBOARD, to explain how it works, what to expect, and so on.
10 FEBRUARY 2005: Added three more items to the CLASSIFIED ADS page: one brand new Korean Diving Helmet; one set of 12 brass diving helmet breastplate wingnuts; and one new, unpunched, rubber collar gasket for a deep sea diving suit. New additions will always be towards the bottom of the page, marked by a flag symbol Oplus the word NEW! and the date of listing in RED.
12 February 2005: Added some new pictures to the LEON LYONS
page in the
12 February 2005: It’s been a long time since I added any pictures to the BEHIND THE SCENES page, so tonight I took care of that. Click on the following hyperlink, scroll down to the bottom of the BEHIND THE SCENES page, and look for pictures marked NEW!
16 February 2005: Updated the information for the new pictures
on LEON LYONS
page in the
18 February 2005: Posted a new piece of artwork at the bottom of the NEMO II page.
19 February 2005: Posted a new page in the NAUTILUS IMAGES Department entitled NAUTILUS GALLERY. It’s the beginning of a collection of original artwork by the webmaster. Only three images there right now, but will be adding more in the future.
21 February 2005: Been adding a few images to the NAUTILUS GALLERY page. Trying various styles. Check it out.
21 February 2005: Added a new page to the UNDERWATER TECHNOLOGIES Section of the VULCANIA SUBMARINE Department. This one is entitled NEMOSUIT II, and it has some photos of our NEMOSUIT sporting the “new and improved” NEMO II helmet.
26 February 2005: Added a new page to the NAUTILUS IMAGES Department entitled DISNEY ART DEPARTMENT DRAWINGS. Shown are only a few images from the Two Volume, 200-image official Disney collection. I have the entire set available for personal use. Visit the page, see what’s there, and email me if you’re interested in obtaining a copy. This is a MUST for all serious Leagues fans and NAUTILUS modelers.
01 MARCH 2005:
Ended efforts to provide my hi-quality CD of the complete 200-image
09 March 2005: Posted pictures and information on the DISNEY ART DEPARTMENT DRAWINGS page.
12 March 2005: Added seven new pictures and information to the TOM SCHERMAN page in the NAUTILUS MODELS Department. These NEW! Images are all from the private collection of Dan and Bertha Kachur; are protected by Copyright; and are presented here exclusively and by permission of the copyright owner. Dan has asked me to convey his request that others respect his copyright, and do not copy or reproduce these images in any form. Thanks, and enjoy!
14 March 2005: Added a whole slew of new pictures to the DAN KACHUR page in the NAUTILUS MODELS department. Scroll down to the bottom and look for the word NEW! Again, these are from Dan and Bertha’s personal collection, they are copyright protected, and he asks that you do not copy or distribute them in any form. Check ‘em out. Some great stuff there.
17 March 2005: Added a picture from Wayne Orlicki to the NAUTILUS IMAGES page. Scroll down to the bottom and look for the word NEW!
20 March 2005: Added two pictures to the BEHIND THE SCENES page: one B&W of the miniature squid attacking the 11-foot SFX NAUTILUS, and one interesting view of the storm squid fight, courtesy of Larry Brooks. Scroll down to the bottom of the BTS page and look for the word (you guessed it) NEW!
21 March 2005: Added two pictures of my 31” CUSTOM REPLICAS NAUTILUS model to the MISCELLANEOUS IMAGES page. As usual, click on the link and scroll down to the bottom of that page looking for the word NEW!
29 March 2005: Updated the DISNEY ART DEPARTMENT DRAWINGS page with additional information.
06 April 2005: Added a computer generated graphic from BOB JENSON to the NAUTILUS IMAGES page. Click the link, scroll down to the bottom looking for the word NEW! and find the picture of the squid attacking the NAUTILUS. Enjoy!
07 April 2005: Added another CG Image by BOB JENSON entitled
10 April 2005: Removed three inactive links from the FREE VIDEO CLIPS page: the two from Renderosity, and Tom Yourk’s video of his excellent hydrojet-powered NAUTILUS model kicking up a realistic bow wave effect. Don’t know what happened to the Renderosity pages, but Tom said he needed more space on the site for family stuff. Hopefully, his clips will surface again at a later date.
14 April 2005: Back in January, we were honored by Bert and
Karin Dodde’s DIVING HERITAGE WEBSITE: they listed
the works of VULCANIA SUBMARINE alongside the real greats of the
American diving helmet industry, and also made us their featured news article
of the month. VSC has carried a link to
the DH website for a long time; and also a link to that article since it came
out. But we’ve never really written
anything about Bert and Karin or their website, and I’m just now getting around
to correcting that oversight. Check out
HERITAGE page in our MEDIA COVERAGE department. There’s a link there that will take you to
our article on their website, and once there I suggest you spend some time
checking out what’s available at DIVING HERITAGE. Home-based in
15 April 2005: Uploaded a page for the new and improved VULCANIA SUBMARINE DISCUSSION GROUP in the WEBSITE DEPARTMENTS section. This is a YAHOO! website with a different format than we tried before, so hopefully we’ll have better luck with spamsters than we did before. For more information, click the preceding link to access the group page here at VSC, read what’s there, and then you can access the site from the hyperlink provided on that page. You might want to bookmark it for future reference.
16 April 2005: I added a DIRECT LINK to the Vulcania Submarine Discussion Group on the INTRODUCTION section of the VSC Home Page: this will make it easier to access the site. Remember: to return to the VSC Home Page, either use your computer’s BACK BUTTON, or click on the link to VSC at the bottom of the VSDG website Home Page.
17 April 2005: Added a new page to the INTRODUCTION Department which explains our FREE IRON-ON OFFER.
19 April 2005: Added five new images to the IRON ON page. These are worn by our Dive Crew here at VULCANIA SUBMARINE, and are available as a free download to members of our Vulcania Submarine Discussion Group website. All you gotta do is access the group via the link here at VSC, join, and the full-sized files are in the FILES section.
23 April 2005: SUCCESS!!!
After three years of difficult work,
29 April 2005: Rearranged the INDEX page: put all the pages like the CLASSIFIED, IRON-ON, and DISCUSSION GROUP down at the bottom in the WEBSITE DEPARTMENTS section where they belong. Now, visitors to VSC who navigate through the page links will go through all we have to offer here; then arrive at the link to the Discussion Group. Probably the way it oughta be. ;-)
06 May 2005: Vulcania Submarine Discussion Group is undergoing renovations. Nothing except LINKS page and T-SHIRT TRANSFER IMAGES DOWNLOAD FILE accessible there until further notice.
08 May 2005: Uploaded one more picture of KRAKA underway on the surface via Diesel power. Peter Madsen and crew get my vote for BEST NEW SUBMARINE OF THE YEAR. As of the time of this writing, the boat’s completed ten dives and is operating correctly in all respects. Stand by for underwater pictures soon
11 May 2005: More pictures of KRAKA on Pete Madsen’s page; including what I believe is the first picture on the internet of the submarine underwater. Got into a little reflective writing myself, down toward the bottom of the page. Just for grins! ;-)
11 May 2005: Removed the “reflective writing” essay from Pete Madsen’s page; figured it belongs in the Journal instead. I might post it there when I get time, but no great hurry on that.
17 May 2005: Created a new page entitled A LETTER FROM HARPER GOFF in the 20,000 LEAGUES Department. This is an unedited transcript of a handwritten letter produced by Harper Goff in 1974, wherein he described the creative processes by which he created the Disney NAUTILUS, the diving gear seen in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and more. An interesting look into the mind of this creative genius.
21 May 2005: The VSDG website is operational again; and here at VSC, we’ve started re-arranging a few pages to make the website easier for visitors to navigate through.
20 June 2005: Added a page to the Homebuilt Submarines Department for the NAUTILUS MINISUB, explaining the significance of that project in comparison to contemporary subs of the late 1980’s.
12 October 2005: Posted a new page in the Featured Submarines Department for Dan Hryhorcoff’s excellent new KH-350 submarine, PERSISTENCE. If you are interested in learning what it takes to build a submarine, especially one of the Kitteredge boats, this page should be of interest.
12 January 2006: Added fourteen new pictures of Leon Lyon’s
12 March 2006: Added a long overdue new page to the VULCANIA SUBMARINE UNDERWATER TECHNOLOGIES Department, entitled REFURBISHING THE NAUTILUS MINISUB, PAGE TWO. It’s time we brought the Website up to speed on what we’ve been doing with that boat. Only a few pictures there right now, but I’ll be adding more in the near future.
March 13, 2006: It’s “zero-early-thirty” and I should be in bed, but I stayed up digging through old CD’s of pictures and posted some more on the REFURBISHING THE NAUTILUS MINISUB, PAGE TWO. This is costing me my much needed beauty rest! The least you could do is check ‘em out! J
Saturday, March 18,
2006: Scroll down to the bottom and find
the DIVING AND UNDERWATER TECHNOLOGIES section our LINKS page: added a link to CHRIS CHULAMANIS’ website
about ARMY DIVERS. Most people don’t
even know that the
Monday, March 20, 2006: Added pics of a repair to the port side prop guard half. Go to the REFURBISHING THE NAUTILUS MINISUB, PAGE TWO and scroll down until you see the word New! In yellow print.
Monday, March 20, 2006: Added one picture by Steve Johnson to our NAUTILUS IMAGES Department PAINTINGS & CGI page. Scroll down to the bottom and look for the word NEW! Also, added a link on that page to Steve’s 50’S SCI FI MEMORIES Website; and another on our LINKS page. Steve’s site features great CGI artwork from 20,000 Leagues, and many more SCI FI classics. Check it out!
Wednesday, March 29, 2006: Added a new picture at the bottom of the MISCELLANEOUS IMAGES Page, of the original working plans I used when building the NAUTILUS MINISUB. Thought they were lost 15 years ago; found them today.
Friday, April 07, 2006: Added a few more pictures to REFURBISHING THE NAUTILUS MINISUB, PAGE TWO including some of the new engine-driven hydrojet propulsion system improvements. Next time she runs, she’s gonna be FAST! J
Monday, April 10, 2006: Added four new pictures of our rebuilt jetpump, driveshaft, and bearing box, to REFURBISHING THE NAUTILUS MINISUB, PAGE TWO .
Saturday, April 15, 2006: Created a new page in the HOMEBUILT SUBMERSIBLES / FEATURED SUBMARINES Department for Doc Rowe’s outrageous new two place variant of the extremely popular BIONIC DOLPHIN. Up in Northern California, Doc, Dusty, and the rest of the VASH people continue to build things most people don’t even dream about, and you’ve just got to see this new boat he’s almost ready to launch. Totally outrageous! J Check out BIONIC DOLPHIN, TAKE TWO.
Saturday, April 29, 2006: Added three new pictures to Karl Stanley’s
IDABEL page in the FEATURED SUBMARINES Department. More interesting scenes of this amazing
submersible operating the deep waters off Roatan.
Sunday, April 30, 2006: Added a new article on SCALE SPEED to THE JOURNAL OF PROFESSOR P. ARONNAX. This should be of value to those needing to understand and calculate the differences between ACTUAL SPEED, SCALE SPEED, and CORRESPONDING SPEED. As always, click on the preceding link and scroll down toward the bottom of that page.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006: Began a new article entitled “Collision Speed…FULL!!” in THE JOURNAL OF PROFESSOR P. ARONNAX. This is a work in progress that will eventually document the addition of an engine-driven hydrojet propulsion system to the NAUTILUS MINISUB.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006: Added a new installment to the ongoing article “Collision Speed…FULL”, which documents the addition of a hydrojet propulsion system in the NAUTILUS MINISUB. That’s at the bottom of THE JOURNAL OF PROFESSOR P. ARONNAX.
Thursday, August 24, 2006: Made some corrections and additions to the ongoing article “Collision Speed…FULL”, at the bottom of THE JOURNAL OF PROFESSOR P. ARONNAX.
Friday, September 01, 2006: Added some pictures and information to the page on Early Underwater Tech Projects.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006: Added five more pictures at the bottom of the MISCELLANEOUS IMAGES page.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006: Updated the Chalkboard, Links, and the DIVING HERITAGE pages here at VSC to indicate that the DIVING HERITAGE WEBSITE is once again in operation under the new management of Iain MacQuarrie of Cornwall, England. Check it out!
Thursday, October 12, 2006: Added information regarding recent auction sales of the book, HELMETS OF THE DEEP, to LEON LYONS page here at VSC. Click the link, scroll down to the bottom looking for the word NEW!
Thursday, October 19, 2006: Added more information about yet another recent auction sale of HELMETS OF THE DEEP. Down at the bottom of the LEON LYONS page. Look for the word NEWER!!
Thursday, November 30, 2006: Added several new pics and more information to our page for Peter Madsen’s latest sub, KRAKA . As always, click the link, and scroll down looking for the word NEW!!
Sunday, December 03, 2006: Added numerous new pics and more information to our page for Doc Rowe’s newest BIONIC DOLPHIN, the high-performance BDN2T two-place trainer. Click on the LINK and scroll down looking for the word NEW!
Sunday, December 24,
2006 Posted a
Wednesday, January 03, 2007 Over the past few days we’ve posted some song parodies on our CHALKBOARD page. Lately, the radio station has been playing them, so we have those broadcasts there too. Check ‘em out. All ya gotta do is click on the NEXT hyperlink, either here or at the bottom of this page. That’ll take you to the CHALKBOARD page.
Friday, February 02, 2007 A few weeks ago, I moved the three Seasonal Song Parodies to the JIMI HENDRIX page here at VSC. Today I posted a link to a song that’s been getting some radio time lately: a heavy metal version of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Eric Burdon and the Animals from 1965. If you want to hear that, there’s a hyperlink on the CHALKBOARD page.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 A very special addition to the NEWEST CREWMEMBER OF THE NAUTILUS page: our good friends Ty and Ashley Alley have a new daughter, AVA KATHERINE. What a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Click on the following link to visit the NEWEST CREWMEMBER page, and scroll down searching for the word NEW!
Monday, March 05, 2007 Completed the latest item in our “Honest To Goff” series of diving helmets: the NEMO III. This helmet will represent the works of VULCANIA SUBMARINE in the forthcoming expanded reprint of HELMETS OF THE DEEP by Leon G. Lyons.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007 Posted a disclosure with pictures of the NEMO III on the CHALKBOARD page.
Friday, March 09, 2007 Posted a new page about the latest addition to our ‘Honest To Goff” Diving Helmet series, the NEMO III.
Saturday, March 10, 2007 Uploaded a page from years ago that never made it to the Website, about our functional NEMO RIFLE.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007 Added an email address for people wishing to order a copy of Leon Lyon’s forthcoming expanded reprint of HELMETS OF THE DEEP. Email Links can be found on the CHALKBOARD page and the LEON LYONS page here at VSC.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 Added a photo montage and a long-overdue summary tribute to the Disney Divers page.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 Added a couple more CG artwork compositions to the NEON NEMO page: one is the NEMO RIFLE, and the other is of the NEMO III helmet.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007 Added several new pictures from DAVID HAAS to the LEON LYONS page here at VSC.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007 Added a previously unpublished photo to the bottom of the NAUTILUS DIVER page.
Sunday, October 21, 2007: This month, the Vulcania volunteers conducted OPERATION UNDERSEA TWO: an event that spanned ten days in which friends from the mainland got together with our island crew to photograph my CAPTAIN NEMO and NAUTILUS DIVER suits underwater here in Hawaii. We’ll be doing a page here at VSC, and we hope to produce a TV-quality video, as well. Meanwhile, there are a few pictures on our CHALKBOARD page. Click the link and scroll down to the bottom.
Monday, October 22, 2007: Added a photo collage representing OPERATION UNERSEA TWO on the Disney Divers page. Click on the link and scroll down to the bottom of that page, looking for the word NEW!
Monday, November 05, 2007: Added a new feature, the HONOR ROLL, at the top of the Disney Divers page. This is a list of all Disney Divers known to me at this time, in alphabetical order. The list will be expanded as I learn the names of more Disney Divers in the future.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007: In light of new information, added and corrected text of the Disney Divers page.
Thursday, November 08, 2007: In 2005, the island nation of ST. KITTS independently issued a stamp showing my NEMOSUIT. I finally got around to posting it on the MISCELLANEOUS IMAGES page.
Friday, November 16, 2007: On the recommendation of a friend, I added a close-up picture of the helmet on my modified Captain Nemo Diver model by Dimensional Designs of San Francisco, showing how I carved into the helmet to create Ol’ Nemo’s head within. The picture is about halfway down the MISCELLANEOUS IMAGES page, between my Custom Replicas NAUTILUS, and my functional Nemo Rifle.
Thursday, November 29, 2007: Updated our LINKS page with more information, and included the old RESOURCES section from the Vulcania Submarine Discussion Group pages.
Friday, November 30, 2007: Added two new images to the NAUTILUS GALLERY page. Click the link and scroll down to the bottom.
Friday, December 28, 2007: Prioritized the Index Page to improve Website navigation. Also added a new photo montage of Vulcania Submarine’s projects to the Index Page, to give the first-time visitor to our site an overview of what we’re all about. And, I’m correcting some of our page background images to fit better into new, widescreen monitors.
Saturday, December 29, 2007: Added an image of the actual working plans from which the NAUTILUS MINISUB was made, to the Building the NAUTILUS MINISUB page.
Thursday, January 03, 2008: Added a new page to the entitled PROJECT OVERVIEW: a visual “Table of Contents” giving new visitors a quick summary of what they’ll find in the VSC Underwater Technologies Department. Part of the plan to optimize site ergonomics.
Friday, January 04, 2008: On the NAUTILUS IMAGES page: added two new CG renderings from Eric Camden . Scroll down to the word NEW!
Thursday, January 10, 2008: Added a new page to the Homebuilt Submersibles Department for Doc Rowe’s BIONIORCA undergoing proving tests.
Sunday, January 13, 2008: Added a rememberance for CHRIS CHULAMANIS who passed away January 10, 2008.
Sunday, February 17, 2008: Added a notice about an authentic Disney Leagues Helmet to the CHALKBOARD page.
Sunday, March 09, 2008: Added a new installment to the ongoing article about improvements to the NAUTILUS MINISUB. This one’s entitled “On Second Thought…” Click on the following link and scroll down towards the bottom of the page looking for the word NEW! in THE JOURNAL OF PROFESSOR P. ARONNAX.
Also: added the International Maritime Signal Flags for VSC to the bottom of the CHALKBOARD page. VulcaniaSubmarine.Com represents a maritime entity, and this flag sequence is used to identify our dive boats and support craft when operating in that capacity.
Also, added two pictures and some text to the BUILDING THE NEMOSUIT page, showing that helmet on display in the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Exhibit at the History of Diving Museum in Islamorada, Florida. As usual, click on the link, scroll down toward the bottom looking for the word NEW!
Thursday, March 13, 2008: Added a Link to the new page in the Virtual Helmet Collection of Iaian MacQuarrie’s DIVING HERITAGE Website, dedicated to the original Disney 20,000 Leagues Diving Helmets, and Vulcania Submarine’s functional replicas. Click over to the VSC LINKS page, and scroll down to the section reserved for Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008: Added a Link to a new Website Discussion Group: NautilusSubmarine.Com. Click over to the VSC LINKS page, and scroll down to the section reserved for NAUTILUS MODELS.
Thursday, August 14, 2008: Added a picture of my 1980’s-vintage Stained Glass Nautilus to the MISCELLANEOUS IMAGES page.
Thursday, August 14, 2008: Added a new page showing how to make your own inexpensive Underwater Rifle: look for Cheap Nemo Rifle on the Index page, or click the preceding link.
Saturday, September 27, 2008: Been busy working and haven’t added anything new to the Website lately except some pics and info on the CHALKBOARD page about the project to restore our authentic Disney 20,000 Leagues Diving Helmet. Most all the work is done; we expect to be diving the helmet very soon. This will be the first time anyone has dived any of the authentic gear from the movie since production was concluded in 1954. We’ll be posting pics and info about that event here at VSC in the future.
Sunday, October 12, 2008: Did a successful pool test of our restored Disney Nautilus Crew Diver helmet today. Posted a couple pics at the bottom of the CHALKBOARD page. A photo dive event in the ocean is scheduled for the near future, and articles about the helmet to follow. This is the first time any of the authentic Disney 20,000 Leagues diving gear has been operational since 1954.
Sunday, November 02, 2008: Posted a new page in the Underwater Technologies Department, entitled Restored Disney Diver Helmet, explaining how this long-lost movie prop was discovered and saved by a Disney Imagineer, to eventually be restored and dived by Vulcania Submarine.
Sunday, November 16,
2008: Started a new section on the LINKS page for groups
related to STEAMPUNK: a sci-fi genre based on Victorian era technologies. First group in that section is The Steampunk Forum, based in
Monday, November 24, 2008: Added a long-lost picture to the TESTING THE NAUTILUS MINISUB page. Click the link and scroll down looking for the word NEW!
Sunday, November 30, 2008: Added a new page to the 20,000 Leagues Department, honoring Disney Diver BILL STROPAHL.
Sunday, December 07, 2008: Added some unpublished photos to the BILL STROPAHL page. One is a candid shot of Bill working underwater with Leagues Director Richard Fleischer during the filming of the “rudder repair” scene; and, there are two 3-part montages of events preceding the shooting of the cover photo for the February 1954 issue of LIFE MAGAZINE.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008: Added two new images to the NAUTILUS GALLERY page: a Nautilus Crew Diver wearing a “Baldy” helmet; and one of Captain Nemo underwater. As usual, click on the link and scroll down to the bottom of that page.
Sunday, December 21, 2008: Made additions and corrections to the page for Bill STROPAHL, including some interesting insights into being a commercial diver, and working on the making of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Also, updated THE JOURNAL OF PROFESSOR P. ARONNAX page with a new article entitled THE DISNEY DIVER which features recollections by Mr. Stropahl about being a commercial hardhat diver, working on 20,000 Leagues, and so on.
And, updated the HONOR ROLL on the Disney Divers
page to include Ricou Browning.
In 1953, Ricou performed the underwater scenes as the monster in The
Creature from the Black Lagoon. In
1954 he was one of the Disney Divers working in the
Monday, December 22, 2008: Added a new page to the Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea department: a continuation of our tribute to the Disney Divers, entitled THE DISNEY DIVERS II. We’re starting out with improved images from the unpublished LIFE magazine archives, and will continue with pics and info from my files, and from the files of Disney Diver Bill Stropahl in the near future.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008: Updated the HONOR ROLL on the Disney Divers page to include Ed Stepner. Have more pics and info about Ed and other Disney divers to follow after the holidays.
Friday, January 02,
2009: Right around Christmas Eve last
year, we were first to disclose information about an uncredited Disney Diver by
the name of Leonard Mott. This
information came to us from Dr. Phil Nuytten (NUYTCO
RESEARCH, Canada); and Disney Diver Bill Stropahl,
who had been best friends with Len since they came up from the Sparling
School of Diving together to work on 20,000 Leagues. All who knew him say Leonard Mott was one of
the real sparkplugs of the Disney Diver team: a hard-working guy who was always
looking for ways to help other people.
Tragically, Len lost his life trying to save others at the Second
Narrows Bridge disaster in
Saturday, January 17,
2009: Added a new video to YOUTUBE,
entitled 20,000 Leagues Nautilus Submarine and Captain Nemo. Better footage of the 1991 Nautilus Minisub
proving tests, and new footage of my Captain Nemo and Nautilus Crew Diver suits
Tuesday, January 27, 2009: Added a link to the FREE VIDEO page for the Youtube video mentioned above; just to make it easier to find.
Sunday, February 01,
2009: Added more pictures to the BILL STROPAHL page,
from his personal collection. Candid
scenes from aboard the dive barge in the
Saturday, February 07, 2009: Changed the January 17 video to include a picture of Bill Stropahl in the Disney Divers section. Here’s the new URL:
Friday, December 04, 2009: Added two new images to the NEON NEMO page: one of our authentic functionally-restored Disney “Crowntop” Nautilus Crew Diver helmet; and one of our functional replica “Baldy” Nautilus Crew Diver helmet.
Friday, January 01, 2010: Uploaded a continuation page for The VSC Chalkboard entitled CHALKBOARD VOLUME TWO.
Sunday, January 03, 2010: Added a new page to the Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Department with pics and info about Larry Brooks’ collectible Replica 20,000 Leagues Newspaper.
Sunday, February 21, 2010: Uploaded a new page: REFURBISHING THE NAUTILUS MINISUB PAGE THREE.
Sunday, March 28, 2010: Added informational updates to REFURBISHING THREE.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011: Been a long time since I posted any announcements here. To catch up on what’s been happening, check the CHALKBOARD VOLUME TWO page. Most recently: yesterday I posted a bit about the 20th Anniversary of our Nautilus Minisub. And today I did a correction of that alleged Richard Fleischer photo on the Disney Divers II page. Check ‘em out.
Saturday, March 05, 2011: Early in the morning I added more pics and info to the Disney Divers II page about the original 20,000 Leagues SCUBA tanks, and the support boat Edvina down in the Bahamas, 1954.
Also: Later in the day I added three more “improved” versions of Peter Stackpole’s Leagues shots to the Disney Divers II page, which are better in terms of color and clarity. And I also added one B&W shot of the divers underwater, proving that not only Nemo wore those spiffy “black scalloped” dive tanks! J
As always, click the link and scroll down toward the bottom of the page.
Sunday, March 06, 2011: Added more pics and info to : REFURBISHING THE NAUTILUS MINISUB PAGE THREE. This will explain the small variances that existed in the boat “as tested” back in 1991, and where we intend to go with her now. Visualize: an 18.5 foot, 1.25 ton, manned version of the 11-foot “Hero” SFX model; all decked out in brass plate with full exterior detailing and 14,000 embossed rivet heads. YEAH BABY!! J
Monday, April 02, 2012: Posted pictures of SFX models made by Dan Kachur for the X-files TV show, including a model of Phil Nuytten’s NEWTSUIT.
Click the link to go to Dan’s page, and scroll down to where it says NEW!
Friday, April 13, 2012: Posted more pics and info to Dan Kachur’s page. (Scroll down to where it says NEWER!!)
Also: Posted more pics and info to the page for Karl Stanley’s C-BUG.
Also: added a new hyperlink to the Index page, showing new additions to the website: so people who’ve seen it all can go directly to new additions.
Monday, May 07, 2012: Posted the first half of a two-part photo-essay about our new CREWSUIT.
Sunday, May 13, 2012: Added a couple photos of the new Crewsuits.
Friday, May 18, 2012: Completed the article about the new Crewsuits.
Sunday, May 27, 2012: Added a page that’s long overdue: the Baldy helmet I finished in November 2009. Got busy and forgot to post it, I guess. J
Thursday, August 31, 2023: Added a page to the Media Coverage section about our Nemo helmet on display at the History of Diving Museum in Islamorada, Florida.
Thursday, August 31, 2023: Activated my new blog, The Voice of Vulcania.
Thursday, August 31, 2023: Added a gag-photo to the MISCELLANEOUS IMAGES page of the NEMOSCAN: automotive diagnostic tool, Vulcania-style.
Saturday, July 14, 2012: Launched the VSC illustrated electronic newspaper, THE LEAGUER.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013: Started a new Chalkboard Page because the other one was several years old and getting crowded. CHALKBOARD THREE.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013: New Page: SIMPLIFIED SUB DESIGN MATH.
Thursday, May 23, 2013: I finally have my book, VULCANIA (The Origin of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus) in print and will soon be offering it to the public in hard cover. Posted a blurb about it on the CHALKBOARD THREE page.
Monday, August 12, 2013: Temporarily removed THE LEAGUER page.
Friday, September 20, 2013: Reactivated THE LEAGUER page.
Monday, October 07, 2013: Published my new prequel to Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, VULCANIUM (The Secret of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus) at Outskirts Press, Denver Colorado.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013: Uploaded a new picture and information about the Disney diving helmets; at the bottom of the 54 page.
Friday, December 13, 2013: Created a new page for VULCANIUM (The Secret of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus).
Tuesday, March 04, 2014: Added Image to LEAGUER page.
Sunday, October 05, 2014: Completed long-overdue website maintenance.
Thursday, October 09, 2014: Two days ago I positively identified the heretofore unknown Disney Diver who played Captain Nemo; today I made a disclosure about that on the Chalkboard 4 page.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015: Added year "2015" to the What's New page at VSC. (You're looking at it.)
Monday, February 09, 2015: Added underwater pictures to the bottom of the BUILDING THE BALDY page.
Thursday, March 26, 2015: Added a recent picture to Karl Stanley's IDABEL page.
Saturday, July 04, 2015: Added THE CLIPBOARD (a blog) to VSC.
Sunday, September 20, 2015: Added tribute page for Disney Stunt Diver DAVE ROCHLEN: the reel Captain Nemo.
Thursday, September 24, 2015: Added tribute page for Disney Stunt Diver LEONARD MOTT: the reel Conseil.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015: Posted two new videos at Youtube: http://www.vulcaniasubmarine.com/CLIPBOARD.htm; http://www.vulcaniasubmarine.com/FREE%20VIDEO%20CLIPS.htm
Friday, October 30, 2015: Added new social media link to VSC: The Monster.
Thursday, March 10, 2016: So far this year I was working on a project to make part of the studio look like the inside of a submarine. But ever since word came out about Disney's planned 20,000 Leagues prequel on February 25, I've been pretty busy with screenplay-related issues and haven't had time to log things here. Just making this notation now to bring 2016 onto the page. Most updates continue on our blog, The Monster.
Friday, March 25, 2016: Posted a new page about the SCREENPLAYS we've copyrighted based on our 2013 novel Vulcanium (The Secret of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus.
Monday, April 11, 2016: Added a new page for the Vulcania Screenplay Synopsis I've written, as submitted to FILMTRIX Agency today. This will represent our for-Disney spec script in negotiations for representation.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017: Added a new page to the Disney Divers department for RICOU BROWNING.
Sunday, April 02, 2017: Added a new page to the Disney Divers department for BRENDAN O'CONNOR.
Saturday, January 06, 2018: VSC website was unavailable for the first three days of this year due to server maintenance. We're back up again and the website is working faster than ever. J
Friday, April 06, 2018: ADDR.COM (our internet host since 2001) went down again last month and didn't come back. We have a new server as of today and are reloading the pages to the web again.
Thursday, April 26, 2018: My wonderful wife Lynn has not only been my partner and safety diver in all the projects of Vulcania Submarine, but she is quite the talented artist and painter, as well. Today I added a page for her entitled THE ARTWORK OF LYNN REGAN.
Monday, September 17, 2018: Added REFURBISHING THE NAUTILUS MINISUB PAGE FOUR to document ongoing efforts to improve the drivetrain, controls, hull, and exterior detailing.
Saturday, October 20, 2018: Started THE CLIPBOARD: a blog about what's happening in the shop.
Thursday, March 07, 2019: A belated Happy New Year! Been working steadily on the NAUTILUS MINISUB rebuild and posting updates on the new THE CLIPBOARD and REFURBISHING THE NAUTILUS MINISUB PAGE FOUR pages . Other than that, no new additions to the VSC website; but you know we're still Leaguin'. J
Wednesday, March 27, 2019: Began REFURBISHING THE NAUTILUS MINISUB PAGE FIVE because it was getting too difficult to upload new pics and info to PAGE FOUR. The work continues and we are nearly ready to run the new drivetrain.
Sunday, January 19, 2020: As usual, a belated Happy New Year! Lots going on and the online media has taken a back seat to more important priorities so I can accomplish what I've planned for the future. I've got projects to complete and they are my focus now. I'll continue posting what seems appropriate as we go along; but for the most part, consider me in the shop because that's where I'll be. Meanwhile, all email links on this website are operational if you need to get in touch. KEEP ON LEAGUIN!
Saturday, October 31, 2020: What a year this has been. Lynn and I are grateful for many blessings; but also diminished by many tragedies including Kirk Douglas, Covid 19, Eddie Van Halen; and today, Sean Connery. I do believe dying only hurts those who must endure and carry on; that doesn't make it any easier for the survivors, though. Sad.
I've been working between carpentry on our home and metalwork in the shop; haven't had much time for this website. Disabled the "Chalkboard" page as it seemed redundant. Most notices are on "The Monster" blog page but I haven't been diligent there, either. Priorities; you know.
Started a new REFURBISHING THE NAUTILUS MINISUB PAGE SIX because we're into the hull-surgery stage of our rennovation.
Generally, I'm dedicated to improving the submarine and building a few more 20K diving rigs. After that, we have plans to use our creations in the most enjoyable ways possible.
Meanwhile, let's all just try to get through the rest of this year and this damn pandemic. If I can make it happen, 2021 will be a banner year for Vulcania Submarine; and we hope it will be a good one for you and yours, as well.
This year marks the 45th year of continuous operation for our Vulcania Submarine R&D facility; the 30th anniversary of the launching of the Nautilus Minisub; and the 20th anniversary of this VSC website. We've got tangible goals and are working towards them but if I waste time writing and documenting things online, it won't get done. Also, for us, social media is dead. We no longer maintain a social media presence at places like Facebook or the like. So don't expect our usual updates and offerings; but do expect good things from us in the future. Happy F'n New Year! J
Friday, July 22, 2022: I haven’t accessed this website since our main computer crashed last year. It’s still operational. J
Wednesday, July 27, 2022: Posted notification on The Monster (blog) that the works of Vulcania Submarine will not be included in Leon Lyons’ forthcoming book, Helmets of the Deep Returns, should it ever be published.
Saturday, August 6, 2022: WEBSITE MAINTENANCE. Had to temporarily remove Lynn’s artwork page because it got AFU somehow; we’re going to have to rebuild and repost it. Also noticed some of the pics and text on other pages somehow got pooched so I’m going through the pages and straightening errors out whenever I find them. Other than that, still the same ol’ VSC.
ADNOTE: Checked all the pages; on some, the positioning of pics and info had shifted. After a few adjustments plus uploading the page files and htm again, they all look good now. Lots of dead soldiers on the Links page but VSC’s an old site. I’ll leave them up to document what used to be.
ALSO: Added a meme at the bottom of the Miscellaneous Images page that pretty much describes our philosophy for life. J
August 31, 2023: Vulcania Submarine is working toward an event featuring our 20,000 Leagues Diving Apparatus and the Nautilus Minisub in Hawaii. Film at eleven. J
Pat “Keep On Leaguin” Regan
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