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.
Did the Hunley crew smoke in the small sub? The space was very cramped for eight men, meaning they only brought essentials onboard in 1864 when the sub made world history. Still, four pipes were found in the crew compartment along with a burnt matchstick. One even held 19th century tobacco.
What do you think? Did the crew smoke onboard or did they just bring their pipes in hopes of having a celebratory smoke the moment they got back to land? ... See MoreSee Less
While history enthusiasts in the know haven’t “overlooked” our little sub, we were incredibly honored to be mentioned on this list. Thank you, Onlyinyourstate.com for highlighting the Hunley, one of the most interesting mysteries and attractions in South Carolina!
Today is the 154th anniversary of the Hunley’s mission that led her into world history as the first successful combat submarine. We are reminded on this day that the bond between submariners is not limited by time or distance when a simple red flower wreath is placed at the tombs of the Hunley crew. The tribute is sent from over 3,000 miles away by Englishmen in the Portsmouth Submariners Association who understand the courage it takes to enter an underwater vessel.
And they won’t let the Hunley crew be forgotten on their watch.
They have offered this tribute every year since the crew was buried at Magnolia Cemetery in 2004 after being lost at sea for more than a century. The veterans’ Association places an identical wreath at the National Submariner's War Memorial in London on the River Thames in honor of all their fallen comrades throughout history. These modern day submariners and the pioneering Hunley crew may be separated by water and time, but they are forever linked by those very same elements.
Attention Teachers! Take an adventure through three centuries of science, technology and history by joining us next weekend for free admission to a Hunley tour. Exclusively for teachers, we hope this will give you the opportunity to decide if a visit to the Hunley is a good fit for your next STEM-friendly classroom field trip. ... See MoreSee Less