Netflix mystery thriller 1899 is a sci-fi ocean adventure.
Netflix mystery thriller 1899 is a sci-fi ocean adventure.( Source : heavenofhorror )


Netlfix's 1899 has ships named Kerberos, which is the one where European immigrants began their voyage to America. While, Prometheus is the one travelers meet on their way, supposedly lost four months ago.

Netflix's latest ocean adventure series, 1899, is a mind-bending mystery thriller blended with sci-fi elements.

Created by Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, the duo behind the German sci-fi thriller Dark, Netflix's 1899 premiered on 17 November 2022.

Set in 1899, as the show's title, the German series follows a group of European Immigrants traveling from London to New York City in a steamship named Kerberos.

Their journey interrupts when they encounter a ship Prometheus which was lost in the sea four months ago amid their voyage.

The 1899 Ships Kerberos and Prometheus have unusual names for ships, but the ships were named such for a reason. They seem related to Greek Mythology as well.

1899 Ships are Named Kerberos and Prometheus

1899 ships named Kerberos and Prometheus have intriguing meanings behind them.

Kerberos is the ship on which the European immigrants began their voyage to America. While, Prometheus is the one travelers meet on their way, supposedly lost four months ago.

Here's what we know about the meaning behind the ships named as such.

Meaning of 1899 Ship Kerberos

The name Kerberos might be a combination of two real-life ships, Cerberus and Kerveros. Both the ships were built in the 1800s, the timeline show is set in.

HMVS (Her Majesty's Victorian Ship) Cerebus was built as a warship in the 1860s and completed in the 1870s. The ships served in Victoria Naval Forces, the Commonwealth Naval Forces, and the Royal Australian Navy from 1871 to 1924.

For a warship, it was pretty unused and remained at Port Philip for its entire life. It was later renamed HMAS Cerebus when the self-governing British colony united to form the Commonwealth of Australia.

The ship was already non-functioning into the 19th century. It was used as a guard ship and ammunition store in World War I and was named HMAS Platypus II in 1921.

Lastly, the ship was sunk on purpose to use as a breakwater for a yacht club in 1926 Sandringham Council.

Whereas the ship Kerveros is a bulk carrier built in 2003 and remains in operation, They are merchant ships usually carrying bulk cargo.

Kerveros has been around scine 1850s, are primary transport for the flow of goods around the world.

1899 ships Prometheus and Kerberos have a special meaning behind their name.
1899 ships Prometheus and Kerberos have a special meaning behind their name. ( Source : twitter )

Meaning of 1899 Ship Prometheus

There's no actual reason for naming the ship Prometheus, but the final episode of 1899 has given few clues.

The show has a total of eight episodes while, the dots seem to be connecting in the final episode that everything was a simulation and the ships Prometheus and Kerberos never really existed.

Prometheus was the result of a simulation created by Maura (Emily Beecham) and her husband Daniel (Aneurin Barnard) to keep their dying son Elliot alive, like in the Kerberos.

Hence, the passengers on Prometheus are the same ones from Kerberus but don't seem to remember anything.

The name Prometheus links to a greek god who has to endure the same punishment again and again, like in the ship where one simulation ends after 8 days and a new one begins with everyone's memory reset.

The Ship Names Kerberos and Prometheus are Linked to Greek Mythology

Kerberos and Prometheus are names inspired by Greek Mythology characters Cerebrus and a Titan God.

The name Kerberos might be a wordplay of Cerebrus, who in Greek Mythology is a three-headed hound dog owned by the god of the underworld Hades.

Hades's hound guarded the underworld and made sure everyone sent there remained for eternity. It has a serpent’s tail, a mane of snakes, and a lion’s claws.

It hints that somebody in Kerberos might be watching all the activities happening in Prometheus and Kerberos and is making sure the simulation loop is working so that there's no chance of anybody escaping it.

1899 Prometheus and Kerberos ship names are from Greek Mythology.
1899 Prometheus and Kerberos ship names are from Greek Mythology. ( Source : wpage )

Kerberos might also symbolize the underworld, which the passengers from Prometheus keep waking up to start their voyage, on loop after loop.

Prometheus in greek mythology is a titan and also the god of fire. He is also known as a mastermind trickster who fooled the gods.

Similarly, Martha created a simulation and tricked every passenger on Kerberos believe the existence of Prometheus.

He stole fire from the gods and gave it to humanity, by which humans created civilization. But Prometheus got punished by the gods for his trickery.

He was bound to a rock and an eagle, a symbol of Zeus, ate his liver, but it would regrow again and his punishment continued in a vicious cycle.

This neverending cycle might be representing the continuous simulation loop on the Netflix show 1899.