June 28, 2011

Hunley update

Filed under: Historic — acagle @ 7:06 pm

Been a while since they raised it: Civil War submarine rotated to upright position

The H.L. Hunley, a Confederate submarine, sealed its place in history on a February night in 1864 when it became the world’s first sub to sink an enemy warship in combat. Then its own fate was sealed when it sank mysteriously to the bottom of the ocean off the coast of Charleston, S.C., killing its crew of eight.

There the Hunley rested on its starboard side at a 45-degree angle until it was lifted from the ocean floor at that exact angle in 2000. Late last week, preservationists finished two painstaking days of work that allowed them to rotate the Hunley to its upright position.

I really like this. It was very well preserved, it was brought up for good reason — retrieve the sailors’ remains and conserve it — and they’ve done a good, patient job at it. I think it’s marvelous.

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