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  • A.J. Wright
    fyi...the Hunley was, of course, built and tested in Mobile...aj wright // ajwright@egroups.com P.S. The Friends of the Hunley organization has a website at
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      fyi...the Hunley was, of course, built and tested in Mobile...aj wright //
      ajwright@egroups.com

      P.S. The Friends of the Hunley organization has a website at
      http://www.hunley.org/ The William Stanley Hoole Special Collections at the
      University of Alabama Libraries also has a nice web site on the vessel....

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Robert L. Champ [mailto:rchamp2@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2001 9:05 PM
      To: gaslight@...
      Subject: The Hunley again


      The AP provides the following information about the exploration of the
      Confederate submarine, the Hunley, which we have discussed several times
      on Gaslight.

      Bob C.

      Scientists Climb Into the H.L. Hunley

      By BRUCE SMITH
      .c The Associated Press

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (Jan. 23) - Scientists slipped through a hole in the
      ballast tank and into the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley on Tuesday,
      beginning the long process of exploring the silt-filled vessel and
      removing the remains of its nine-man crew.

      The Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy ship, rammed a
      black-powder charge into the Union ship Housatonic off nearby Sullivans
      Island on Feb. 17, 1864. The Housatonic sank, but so did the submarine,
      which was fashioned from locomotive boilers.

      The Hunley was raised last August and has since rested in a tank of cold
      water at the former Charleston Navy base.

      It will take about a week to remove sediment from the ballast tank.
      Scientists then will have a better idea of how the hand-cranked sub is
      put together, said Kellen Butler, a spokeswoman for Friends of the
      Hunley.

      ''They will start finding how solid everything is and that will determine
      which hull plates they take off'' to get access to the rest of the
      vessel, she said.

      Scientists will open the crew compartment and remove artifacts and any
      remains, perhaps as early as the middle of next month. The entire project
      is expected to take about three months.

      The crew's remains are expected to be buried later this year in the
      Hunley plot in Charleston's Magnolia Cemetery next to two earlier
      ill-fated crews.

      After the excavation, conservation of the hull is expected to take
      several years. The Hunley will then go on display at the Charleston
      Museum.

      AP-NY-01-23-01 1631EST

      Copyright 2001 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP
      news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise
      distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
      All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.
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      Robert L. Champ
      rchamp2@...
      Editor, teacher, anglophile, human curiosity
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