FW: The Hunley again
- fyi...the Hunley was, of course, built and tested in Mobile...aj wright //
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....
From: Robert L. Champ [mailto:rchamp2@...]
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2001 9:05 PM
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
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
''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
After the excavation, conservation of the hull is expected to take
several years. The Hunley will then go on display at the Charleston
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Robert L. Champ
Editor, teacher, anglophile, human curiosity
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