Fourth Crewmember Uncovered
FOURTH CREW MEMBER UNCOVERED
April 2, 2001
Archaeologists excavating the H. L. Hunley believe they have uncovered some of the remains of a fourth crewmember. As archaeologists continued in the back part of the submarine, they discovered a femur, humerous, and a scapula. Dr. Neyland, Project Director says, “Because the remains were found in the aft part of the sub, we believe this could be the person who manned the ballast pump, and would have been the second officer to Lieutenant George Dixon.” Also found near the remains, was the sole of a shoe or boot, which was sticking up in the sediment.
Today archaeologists, Maria Jacobsen and Mike Scafuri are mapping and removing the ribs from the first crewmember that were discovered two weeks ago from the submarine. The remains will go into the morgue for analysis and identification.
We would also like to announce “Raising the Hunley” a one-hour special from National Geographic will air this Sunday, April 8th on CNBC at 8:00 p. m. Eastern time. The Hunley project has been made possible in part though the generous support of the National Geographic Society.