Danny McWilliams has a submarine in his yard. His yard is not on an ocean, lake or even a big puddle. And so his sub sits, a too-tangible reminder that not all dreams work out as planned.
His dream boat is a replica of the Nautilus, the submarine made famous in Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and brought to life in the Disney film of the same name.
It’s resting on a Gilmer County slope 65 miles north of Atlanta, a land of ponds and creeks, not oceans and rivers.
It’s a faux submarine, 36 feet long, built of pine and fiberglass, a series of plywood panels that have been glued and screwed together.
It tapers to a point at each end. Along its gray sides are portholes made of Pyrex salad bowls. It looks like an angry sturgeon.