The HL Hunley was the world's first submarine to sink and enemy ship in combat. On February 17, 1864, the Confederate submarine attacked and sank the USS Housatonic four miles off Sullivan's Island in the Atlantic Ocean. The Hunley signaled to shore that she had completed the attack and was on the way home, but instead, she disappeared in the dark with her brave crew of eight.
For 130 years the location of the Hunley was unknown. Finally, in 1995, Clive Cussler, after a 15-year search, found the Hunley. After much research and the help of many organizations, on August 8, 2000 the Hunley was raised and transported to the Warren Lasch Conservation Center. After much public outcry, the Hunley has been opened for viewing in its Conservation Tank. You can view some of the artifacts that have been found including Lt. Dixon's Gold coin and Ezra Chamberlin's ID tag. There is still much research being done and many questions left to be answered. The crew was given a burial finally and laid to rest with their Civil War brothers in April 2004. In April 2005, there was an unveiling of what is believed to be likenesses of the crew done by forensic experts in identification.
The HL Hunley was cool. It would have been cramped to stay in it. The first crew, they had to cut the bodies to get them out. The Captain, he had been saved in a previous battle by a coin a woman gave him. The coin was found on his body in the Hunley. The Hunley was so small, by the time the crew got in you would have claustrophobia. It was TINY. But it was very, very cool.
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