“20000 Leagues Under the Sea” Timeline

Date: Event:
July 20, 1866 The steamer Governor Higginson, of the Calcutta and Burnach Steam Navigation Company encounters strange submarine vessel or creature off the east coast of Australia.  This object projected two columns of water 150 ft up into the air.
July 23, 1866 The ship Columbus, of the West India and Pacific Steam Navigation Company has a similar encounter with the unidentified aquatic object.
March 5, 1867 The ship, the Moravian, of the Montreal Ocean Company carrying 237 passengers home from Canada collides with a submerged object thought to be an uncharted rock at 27 degrees 30 minutes latitude and 72 degrees 15 minutes longitude.
April 13, 1867 The ship Scotia, of the Cunard Company’s line is struck by a sharp and penetrating submerged object at a location of 15 degrees and 12 minutes longitude and 45 degrees 37 minutes latitude. This ship’s iron plate was one and three eighths inches thick and had been penetrated by the submerged object with a hole two yards in diameter in the fifth of eight compartments.
April 30, 1867 A newspaper article written by Professor Pierre Aronnax is published. This article suggests that the unidentified aquatic object of interest might be a marine animal of enormous power, perhaps a giant Narwhal with a very strong tusk.
July 2,1867 The frigate Abraham Lincoln sets sail after hearing report of the supposed unidentified marine object being spotted in the North Pacific. She leaves the quay of Brooklyn and enters the waters of the Hudson near New York. She travels down the coast of New Jersey and enters the Atlantic Ocean after passing by Long Island.
July 3,1867 The frigate Abraham Lincoln is at the opening of the Straits of Magellan, but doesn’t enter as it prepares to go around Cape Horn instead.
July 6, 1867 The frigate Abraham Lincoln rounds Cape Horn, an island rock just south of southernmost tip of South America.
July 20, 1867 The frigate Abraham Lincoln crosses the Tropic of Capricorn at 105 degrees longitude. The Tropic of Capricorn is at latitude 23 degrees 26 minutes 22 seconds south of Equator and is the farthest southern latitude that the sun can appear directly overhead.
July 20, 1867 The frigate Abraham Lincoln crosses the equator on the 110th meridian.
July 30, 1867 The frigate Abraham Lincoln is thirty miles to leeward of the coast of Patagonia, abreast of Cape Blanc.
November 4, 1867 Ned Land aboard the frigate Abraham Lincoln spots the unidentified marine object near 31 degrees 15 minutes north latitude and 136 degrees 42 minutes east longitude. It is dark and early into the night when this sighting occurs with the aid of the light of the moon.
 November 16,1867  Captain Nemo invites Aronnax to a hunting party in the forests of the Island of Crespo (32 degrees 40 minutes north latitude, 157 degrees 50 minutes west longitude).
 November 26, 1867  The Nautilus crosses the tropic of Cancer at 172 degrees longitude.
 November 27, 1867  The Sandwich Islands (including Hawaii) are sighted by the crew of the Nautilus.  Professor Aronnax notes that he has been on board the Nautilus thus far for a journey of 4860 leagues.
 December 1, 1867  The Nautilus crosses the equator at 142 degrees longitude.
 December 4,1867  The crew of the Nautilus spots the Marquesas group of French islands: Martin’s peak in Nouka-Hiva sighted 3 miles off, at 8 degrees 57 minutes latitude south, and 139 degrees 32 minutes west longitude.
 December 11, 1867 The crew of the Nautilus sight the Pomotu islands. The Nautilus submerged at 1000 yards depth passes by a very recently sunken ship: “The Florida, Sunderland.”
 December 15, 1867  The Nautilus leaves to the east the Societies and Tahiti.
 December 25, 1867  The Nautilus sails into the midst of the New Hebrides between 15-20 degrees South Latitude and 164-168 degrees Longitude.
December 27, 1867 The Nautilus is near Vanikoro and Isle de la Recherche facing the harbour of Vanou, situated at 16 degrees 4 minutes South Latitude and 164 degrees 32 minutes East Longitude.
 January 11, 1868  The Nautilus doubles Cape Wessel situated in 135 degrees Longitude and 10 degrees North Latitude.
January 13, 1868 Nautilus arrives in the Sea of Timor and passes near the island of Timor near 122 degrees Longitude, 10 degrees North Latitude.
January 18, 1868 Nautilus in 105 degrees Longitude and 15 degrees South Latitude.
January 24, 1868 The Nautilus is in 12 degrees 5 minutes South Latitude, 94 degrees 33 minutes Longitude and passes near Keeling Island.
January 27, 1868 The Nautilus is at the entrance of the vast Bay of Bengal.
January 28, 1868 The Nautilus is near the Island of Ceylon, “the pearl which hangs from the lobe of the Indian Peninsula.”
February 5, 1868 The Nautilus enters the Gulf of Aden.
February 12, 1868 The Nautilus is 3 miles North of Pelusium having just passed through the Arabian tunnel, an underwater tunnel only known to Captain Nemo’s crew which links the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.
February 19, 1868 The Nautilus is at 16 degrees 7 minutes West Longitude, 33 degrees 22 minutes North Latitude. Captain Nemo and the Professor visit the Lost City of Atlantis at night under the red light of lava flowing out of an underwater volcano.
February 22,1868 The Nautilus is in the Sargasso sea.
March 21, 1868 A landing party from the Nautilus including Captain Nemo reach the South Pole.
 April 1, 1868  The crew of the Nautilus sight Terra del Fuego to the west.
 April 4, 1868  Nautilus is 56 miles off Uruguay.
 April 9, 1868 The crew of the Nautilus sight Cape San Rogue of South America.
 April 12, 1868 The Nautilus approaches the Dutch coast near the mouth of the Maroni.
 May 15,1868 The crew of the Nautilus are at the extreme south of the bank of Newfoundland.
May 17,1868 The Nautilus is 500 miles from Heart’s Content, 1400+ fathoms underwater. Remains of first transatlantic electric cables seen on bottom of ocean.
May 25,1868 The Nautilus is 1918+ fathoms underwater within 638 miles off the coast of Ireland. Near site of a rupture in some of the first transatlantic electric cables seen on bottom of ocean.
May 28,1868 The Nautilus is circe 120 miles from Ireland, 2212+ fathoms undersea in a valley 100 miles wide facing an eastern perpendicular wall more than 2000 yards high. The was the lowest site of remains of ruptured remains of first transatlantic electric cables seen on bottom of ocean and which the Nautilus has followed for some days now.
 May 30,1868 The Nautilus passes in sight of Land’s End, between the extreme point of England and the Scilly Isles.
June 1,1868

At Latitude 47 degrees 24 minutes, Longitude 17 degrees 28 minutes, the Nautilus spots the remains of a 74 year old shipwreck of The Avenger, whose crew all went down with their ship rather than surrender to an enemy vessel.

The nautilus surfaces nearby and encounters gunshot from a large armoured two-decker ram ship with no distinguishing flag. Nemo responds by raising a black flag and attacking this unidentified ship.

June 2,1868 Captain Nemo sinks the unidentified (British or American?) warship

9 Responses to ““20000 Leagues Under the Sea” Timeline”

  1. D Frank Robinson Says:

    Very useful for my book The Nemo Conspiracy. You might want to correct the dates in table from 1898 to 1868. 🙂

    • nikolaus6 Says:

      Thanks! I don’t quite know which dates are in error from your above comment but I can double check. It may have to do with the translation I copied the dates from — might have been my Scholastic edition. I’ve since purchased the Naval Institute Press edition by Walter James Miller and Frederick Paul Walter. If you haven’t read that translation and its plethora of annotations and notes, you’ve missed out on a fantastic translation!

  2. D Frank Robinson Says:

    May 15,1898 The crew of the Nautilus are at the extreme south of the bank of Newfoundland.
    May 30,1898 The Nautilus passes in sight of Land’s End, between the extreme point of England and the Scilly Isles.
    1898? Typos. That’s all.

  3. Todd P Says:

    This is great! Thanks!

  4. Degree Navigator Says:

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  5. D Frank Robinson Says:

    Final events not shown above:
    June 1, 1868 Three hundred miles off the coast of Ireland there is an explosion. The Nautilus is under attack by an unidentified warship.
    June 2, 1868 Captain Nemo sinks the unidentified (British or American?) warship.
    June 22, 1868 The escape plan is executed.
    June 23, 1868 After seven and one-half months aboard the Nautilus, Pierre and companions found themselves in a Norwegian fishing village.

  6. Ponyboy Says:

    thank you

  7. D Frank Robinson Says:

    I refer to this timeline often. Thanks for your effort.

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