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This ship is much more than steel and rivets. It's a second chance.

Captain Nemo to Hook src

The Nautilus is a vehicle featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the sixth episode of the sixth season.

The Nautilus is based on the ship of the same name from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island, and the Nautilus from the Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.


During First Curse
The Nautilus is built as an impressively high-tech submarine that allows its crew to journey underwater for years without having to worry about running out of oxygen. It is commanded by Captain Nemo, who is eventually joined by the orphaned Liam, who becomes his first mate. Nemo pilots the Nautilus in search of people who are driven by vengeance to stop them before they end up doing something they regret. The Nautilus also serves as a home for Nemo and his crew, who see each other as family. However, they seek a more permanent home and hear rumor of the Mysterious Island that can only be accessed with a special key. While using the Nautilus to search for this key, Nemo and his crew encounter Killian Jones, a man driven by a hunt for revenge over the crocodile who murdered his true love. While Killian is reluctant to join the crew, he agrees to assist them in retrieving the key. After the key is successfully retrieved, it is brought back aboard the Nautilus where Nemo explains his plan to Killian. However, Killian and Liam eventually realize that they are half-brothers and that Killian is responsible for leaving Liam an orphan. In the ensuing scuffle, Nemo is stabbed while trying to stop Liam from killing Killian, and Killian escapes. In an attempt to save Nemo, Liam has the Nautilus piloted into the portal to the Mysterious Island. ("Dark Waters")

After Third Curse

Through unknown means, the Nautilus ends up in Storybrooke when Mr. Hyde brings many inhabitants of the Land of Untold Stories, including Captain Nemo, Liam, and the rest of the Nautilus's crew, to the Land Without Magic where their stories can play out. Nemo, gravely injured but still alive, is separated from the Nautilus and its crew, leaving Liam to assume he has succumbed to his injuries and take control of the vessel. Liam has the crew capture Killian Jones and Henry Mills, blaming Killian for Nemo's apparent death, and keep them aboard the submarine. When Liam attempts to kill Killian once more, he is distracted by Henry, allowing Killian to knock him unconscious. All three later leave the Nautilus and return to Storybrooke. ("Dark Waters")

After Liam and Nemo have recovered from their injuries, they plan to leave Storybrooke in the Nautilus. Following Killian's broken engagement with Emma, he decides to join them, but a talk with Mary Margaret Blanchard changes his mind. As he steps onto the Nautilus to tell Nemo of his decision, the submarine starts to move and Gideon appears, revealing that he needs to get rid of Killian in order to enact his plan to kill Emma. ("Page 23")

As the Nautilus sinks underwater and is transported to the Enchanted Forest, Hook looks to Nemo for assistance with getting back to Storybrooke and to Emma, but the captain reveals Gideon used the last of their kraken blood for their unplanned trip and there's none left for creating a second portal. Hook then demands they hunt down a kraken as soon as possible. They succeed, but it does significant damage to the Nautilus before it escapes. The kraken later attacks a rowboat containing Aladdin and Jasmine. Hook arrives on the Nautilus in time to harpoon the beast, but in doing so, sends it to the bottom without retrieving its blood. The full extent of the damage wasn’t known until later when the seal shaft explodes and they start sinking. Nemo begins to accept that they will go down with the Nautilus, but Jasmine uses one of her genie wishes to bring everyone to safety on a nearby island. At shore, Nemo and Liam leave with the other crewmen to salvage the Nautilus, but not before bidding a final farewell to Hook ("A Wondrous Place")


On-Screen Notes

Storybook Notes

  • Kelly's prison book contains an illustration of Zelena looking out the porthole of the Nautilus. The caption reads "”I hate fish and I have no desire to live like one,” Zelena thought as she looked out the porthole."[3] ("Leaving Storybrooke")


Props Notes

The Wicked Witch paced up and down the Cap-
tain's Chambers of the Nautilus, cursing the bloody
heroes, mocking the gumption that got her into this
mess. "Let's save the world! Things will always work
out! The good guys always win!" Well, they didn't
win this time. Wish Rumplestiltskin had his way and
now they were all separated. and sure, a large part of
Zelena didn't mind the solitude. She often took to her
farmhouse for weeks on end just to recharge. But her
farmhouse was infinitely better than this rat-infested hole,
and this time, Zelena was separated from her own daugh-
ter. It destroyed her to think of little Robin, left all
alone in Storybrooke, wondering what happened to
Mummy. Zelena vowed to get back to her, even if she
had to break through one of these portals and swim
there. Although Zelena didn't know how to swim. It
was a secret she had long held from the others, fearing an
enemy might use it against her... or that someone might
mock her. Not that any one should be surprised that
Zelena was water-shy; she was the bloody Wicked Witch
of the West, after all. Some might say water was her
Achilles Heel. Although she'd probably say it was the
backstroke that she feared most.

Zelena had to admit that Wish Rumplestiltskin had a
flare for dramatics and pain, trapping her in this water-
tight sardine can. Not only was she surrounded by
water, but he knew very well that she found fish bloody
disgusting and that traditional was her very least favorite
type of interior design. She dug her toes into the elabo-
rate rug beneath her. "Repulsive," she thought. And
that music! The Captain's pipe organ magically droned
on incessantly day and night. How many sea chanteys
must one listen to until they go mad? "What I
wouldn't give for one bloody round of Chopsticks,"
Zelena thought.
Suddenly the Nautilus shuddered, as if hit with ten
thousand pounds of force. The screws popped from the
walls and water sprouted in, spraying Zelena in the face.
"I'm under attack," she thought, terrified. Zelena ran
to the portal to see what hit her. And then she saw it...
"Giant bloody squid," Zelena sighed. As if this
under the sea entrapment couldn't get any worse...

Filming Locations


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


  1. TwitterLogo.svg @InkTankGirl (Brigitte Hales) on Twitter (March 26, 2017). "His original land? I don't believe we did." (screenshot)
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:722UnitedRealm.png
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:722ZelenaPrison.png
    Picture for comparison: File:606Underwater.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:522InMyBook.png
  5. ONCE UPON A TIME TV Zelena Storybook Pages Prop (1330). eBay (October 2019). Archived from the original on October 28, 2019. (Photograph)
  6. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). November 7, 2018. "This was such an amazing set to shoot in!!!" (archive copy)