Thursday, July 28, 2011

Slowly & Carefully The H.L. Hunley Is Set Upright

Workers on the port side of the Hunley check their chain falls for the next incremental shift of the Confederate submarine in its journey from a 45-degree list to starboard to being upright.

“It looks so much more menacing,” was marine archaeologist Benjamin Rennison’s impression of Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley’s new look after it was rotated in June.

Rennison participated in the ship’s rotation, which took place from June 22 to June 27. It took a total of 23 people working from roughly 8 to 5 each day for four days. They had to get it right the first time, because there is only one Hunley.

The Hunley had not been upright since it sank following its successful attack on the USS Housatonic on Feb. 17, 1864. The Hunley was the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in combat, but it was not seen again until its discovery in 1995 just outside the mouth of Charleston Harbor.

The Hunley has been at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center since its recovery from the sea on Aug. 8, 2000.

The Hunley was discovered at a 45-degree list to starboard in 1995 and was kept at that angle during and after it was recovered, and has been housed the same way in the conservation center.


H.L. Hunley Funeral/Parade


Hunley Ball Ready To Go


Hunley Ball 1:30 AM

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