Voyage to the bottom of the Sea: question about the "SEAVIEW"

I caught a few episodes of this ancient TV show, and always wondered about:
-the USS “SEAVIEW” (submarine): how did those panoramic viewing windows (at the front of the sub) resiste the water pressure at 200 ft. depths?
-in the command center, there was a huge board-covered with flashing lights-what did this thing do?
-why were the venti;lation ducts so big? Adults could hide in them easily!

And does David Hedison eat his heart out at William Shatner’s success while playing third leads in “Left Behind” straight-to-videos?

  1. The window weren’t made of glass. They were made of Resistium™, which is much stronger.

  2. The Big Board was a key part of the sub’s operational system. If any of the little lights ever went out, they would have to return to base to get the bulb replaced.

  3. You answered your own question, didn’t you? :smiley:

The flashing lights was supposedly a computer. Of the pre-chip era.

It ran on Steam, created by burning Yak Dung.

Hey, at least they left out the Nuclear Hand Grenades from the movie.

A) That’s obvious.
B) They didn’t do anything. That was the beauty of them.
C) That’s obvious, too.

My contribution:

Kulky died before the second season and another chief was cast: Terry Becker as Chief Francis Ethelbert Sharkey.

For four seasons, Robert Dowdell, playing the XO, did little more than say “Aye, aye, captain.”

Becker joins and plays a much bigger role than Dowdell, and considerably more than Kulky, but that’s understandable. I just wonder if Dowdell ever got the thought, “I never get to do anything fun.”

resistium? where did THAT come from? everybody knows they were made of herculite! :smiley:

i’ll have you know that seaview’s computer has impecable references: it played EMERAC, ‘emmie’ in desk set, co-starring with hepburn and tracy, no less!

ah, there’s the question: we at have wondered the exact same thing for years. why the hell DID the man take the job and then keep it for all four years? he had a heck of a lot more to do on ‘stoney burke’ and was way more talented than he had an opportunity to show on voyage.

he had to have been bored out of his mind. was the money that good - or was he trapped in a contract???

fyi: according to hedison himself, his good pal roger moore pretty much told him to don’t be stupid and do the show. while usually dumber than a bag of hair, an irwin allen show, guaranteed for at least a few years on the air to ensure syndication, would give him financial security. it did. basehart (admiral nelson), too.

actually, the first year of voyage is excellent dramatic television and very much worth seeing. the rest is childhood nostalga, but still fun in a strange, 60s sort of way. :smiley:

we seaview folk are gradually getting the entire series on dvd - and damn tickled that fox and the irwin estate has agreed to remaster and release the show for us.

It also turns up as part of the lab equipment in “The Fly” (1958), starring David Hedison (as Al Hedison). Twentieth Century Fox got its money’s worth out of that thing.

So that prop has as many roles in it’s resume as Robbie the Robot?

I don’t remember much about it but I do remember having a huge crush on David Hedison.

Fun fact: Theodore Sturgeon wrote the novelization for the movie. Making the novelization of far better quality than the movie itself.

bubble bubble beep beep - my recollection of the sound effects during the theme song.

I remember that, at least once every episode, the sub would be come into peril by some agent of man, beast or nature and the lights would flash, water would spray and everything culminated in the violent rocking of the entire sub, throwing the crew back and forth.

And once, much to my amusement, the crew and camera got mixed up and the crew kept throwing themselves in the upward direction as the sub rocked left and right.

I always wanted my own Flying Sub. Still do, in fact. Never mind the problem of jet engines running underwater.

I saw THE DESK SET last night on TCM-there it was!!

All of the officers seemed to wear Naval uniforms-so was the SEAVIEW the USS SEAVIEW? Yeah, the special effects were pretty cheap-especially those foam rubber monsters that were always sneaking aboard! :cool:

You mean the movie where Spencer Tracy is a systems consultant installing a computer at a broadcasting company? I love that movie! Anything to do with the “giant electronic brains” era of computing fascinates me.

I thought Don Rickles was Chief Sharkey. :smiley:

Has everyone heard this story about how Harlan Ellison breaking a guy’s pelvis with a model of Seaview?

Ho did the Flying Sub get lowered from the hangar deck into water, when the Seaview was itself under water? Was the atmospheric pressure in the Seaview greater than the hydraulic pressure outside? How would that impact on the Resistium windshield?

It had Navy people on board but it was a civilian vessel.

The windows were “X-tempered herculite”.