Scientists are at work to preserve the Hunley and remove the concretion (a rock-hard layer of sand, rust, sediment and silt) that covers the inside of the crew compartment.
In celebration and recognition of all our Hunley volunteers, happy Volunteer Week!
We had a guest speaker, delicious lunch and gifts for our valued team of dedicated volunteers. The Hunley Project deeply appreciates our volunteers who selflessly give their time to tell the Hunley story.
if you are in the Charleston area and would like to join our team of volunteers, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hunley visitors take note! This weekend, April 21-22 is the Highwater Festival at the nearby Riverfront park. Access to the Hunley will not be restricted but you may encounter traffic delays so please leave a little extra time.
Friday’s post about the rope found in the Hunley generated a lot of interest, so here’s a little more information about it: the rope was found in the aft ballast tank draped over the crankshaft and ballast blocks. They may have stored it in the aft ballast tank so it was not in the way in the small crew compartment when the team cranked the submarine into world history. The rope’s placement would not have prevented the crew from cranking, whether it was put there by a crewmember or settled to that location some time after the Hunley sank. Given the length of the rope, the team believes it was perhaps used as a mooring line.
Thanks to the expertise of the conservation team at Clemson University, this fascinating artifact looks like it could be used again now, well over a century later! ... See MoreSee Less
Friends of the Hunley: The Official Hunley Project Site added 5 new photos.
These waterlogged rope sections were found as one unit in the Hunley submarine, specifically inside the aft ballast tank and completely wrapped around the crank shaft. Due to its length it had to be divided and excavated in sections. After a very lengthy cleaning process, removal of iron corrosion products, impregnation in resins and freeze drying, these sections are finally conserved. . #hunley #civilwar #submarine #maritimearchaeology #historicalrope #cordage #waterlogged #conservation #conservationinaction #freezedrying #freezedryer #charlestonsc #laschlab ... See MoreSee Less
We will be closed Sunday, April 1st for Easter. If you want to visit that weekend, we will be open for normal hours on Saturday March 31st and ready to share the amazing story of the Hunley. Get tickets at www.HUNLEY.org. ... See MoreSee Less