By Jules Verne
Jules Verne's vintage technology fiction tale Twenty Thousand Leagues below the ocean tells the good story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus. In 1866 a wierd and unknown sea monster is sighted through ships and an ocean liner is attacked. An day trip prepares in long island, to discover and wreck the menacing creature. The 20,000 of the name refers to an total distance traveled less than the ocean, instead of an very unlikely degree of descent.
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