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Forget the rowboat son, We’ll travel in style.
Preston B. Whitmore telling Milo about how they will be traveling in the Ulysses for their expedition before showing him a model of it

The Ulysses is a vehicle from Atlantis: The Lost Empire. It is a submarine developed by Whitmore Industries to serve as the primary transportation vessel in the expedition to find Atlantis.


The Ulysses is a massive vessel; much larger than the average submarine of that time. It is big enough to house up to two hundred passengers and numerous other vehicles while still maintaining some moving space within. The bridge is located within a glass enclosure at the front of the ship, the glass thick enough to withstand immense pressure.

Although designed primarily for exploration, the Ulysses was also designed for combat in the event that it was ever threatened on its travels. It was armed with several torpedo launchers for self-defence, and had a capacity for roughly twenty two heavily-armed Sub-pods in the event of attack. It also housed at least four Aqua-Evacs if it were necessary for the crew to abandon ship.

The Ulysses was featured in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, during which the expedition encountered the Leviathan as it neared the gateway to Atlantis. In the battle that ensued, the crew fought to free the Ulysses from the Leviathan's grasp, and its fleet of sub-pods fought to ward the mechanical terror off to buy the sub time to escape. While the submarine was designed to withstand a great deal of damage, it was clearly not able to take on the energy discharges from the Leviathan. The blasts proved to be too much, forcing the crew to abandon ship before it was ultimately destroyed by one final energy discharge.

Technical specifications[]

The Ulysses was designed for the sole purpose of finding the lost empire of Atlantis, and was constructed to be able to withstand any kind of obstacles it might run into on its journey to Atlantis, though the Leviathan proved too powerful. Here's a list of the Ulysses' technical specifications;

  • The Ulysses was 115 meters long, and weighed 18,750 tons.
  • She was commissioned and constructed by Whitmore industries for the sole purpose of finding Atlantis.
  • Her propulsion system was made up of 4 Main SG-18 Steam turbines. With a combined output of over 36000 horsepower, they were able to give her a top speed of 19 knots.
  • She was constructed to carry a crew of 201 as well as all the necessary equipment for the Atlantis expedition.
  • In the event it may be attacked, the Ulysses had 22 sub-pods, eleven on each of its sides.
  • In addition to 22 sub-pods, the Ulysses was also equipped with three high-powered torpedo docks with a total of 12 torpedoes, each armed with highly explosive 120 DH-11.
  • It was equipped with a total of 30 lights located all over its hull, with the two biggest ones forming two spotlights capable of turning 180 degrees in all directions.
  • Its bridge alone was the size of a three-story house, and was designed so that each floor had its own purpose in the overall function of the machine. Ulysses's main controls were located in the mid-floor, whilst the observation decks and orientation-room was located in the top floor.


  • The submarine itself was named after Odysseus, also known by the Roman name Ulysses, a legendary Greek king of Ithaca and a hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey.
  • A conceptual submarine for Subnautica Below Zero, the Atlas, bears a striking resemblance to the Ulysses.
  • The Ulysses was not named in the actual film.
  • In an early draft, the sub would have survived its encounter with the Leviathan, only to be destroyed in a battle with squid bats.
  • The Ulysses in size, dwarfs a modern nuclear-powered attack submarine.




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Films: Atlantis: The Lost Empire (soundtrack/video) • Atlantis: Milo's Return

Books: Atlantis Subterranean Tours: A Traveler's Guide to the Lost CityThe Mythical World of Atlantis, From Plato to DisneyThe Secret of the Shepherd's JournalDisney's Wonderful World of Reading
Video Games: Atlantis: The Lost Empire (video game)Atlantis: Search for the JournalAtlantis: Trial by FireDisney Sorcerer's ArenaDisney Heroes: Battle ModeDisney Dreamlight Valley
Cancelled projects: Team Atlantis

Disney Parks
Fireworks: Disney Animation BuildingDisney Stars and Motor Cars ParadeWonderful World of AnimationWondrous Journeys
The Lost Empire: Milo ThatchKida NedakhLyle Tiberius RourkeHelga SinclairAudrey RamirezVincenzo SantoriniGaetan MolièreJoshua SweetCookieWilhelmina PackardPreston B. WhitmoreKashekim NedakhQueen of AtlantisAtlanteansThaddeus ThatchFenton Q. HarcourtLeviathan

Milo's Return: ObbyLava WhaleEdgar VolgudKrakkenChakashiAshtin CarnabySam McKeaneErik HellstromSurtr
Deleted Characters: Zoltan the Magnificent

Washington, D.C.AtlantisIceland
Shepherd's JournalHeart of AtlantisGungnirKetakMartagUlyssesAqua-Evac
See Also
Atlantean languageAtlantis ExpeditionFire MountainTeam AtlantisWhere the Dream Takes You