January 16, 2012

Hunley update

Filed under: Battlefield archaeology, Historic, Underwater archaeology — acagle @ 2:25 pm

Been following this ever since its discovery: Complete Civil War submarine unveiled for first time

Confederate Civil War vessel H.L. Hunley, the world’s first successful combat submarine, was unveiled in full and unobstructed for the first time on Thursday, capping a decade of careful preservation.

“No one alive has ever seen the Hunley complete. We’re going to see it today,” engineer John King said as a crane at a Charleston conservation laboratory slowly lifted a massive steel truss covering the top of the submarine.

Very good news. Link to some more photos there too, and they are spectacular. Seems to be more work to do getting rid of growth on the hull, but still. . . .wow, says I.

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