Friends of the Hunley: The Official Hunley Project Site added 3 new photos.
Like everyone else, museums and other institutions that house irreplaceable pieces of our history have many challenges in preparing for major storms. The team spent several days securing this facility for Hurricane Irma, and we are pleased to report that the Hunley and the other maritime artifacts stored here remain undamaged.
We know far too many weren’t as lucky. The Hunley team’s thoughts and prayers are with all the individuals and families affected by this disastrous storm. ... See MoreSee Less
We are closing public tours of the Hunley this weekend (September 9th and 10th) due to Hurricane Irma. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has initiated a state of emergency as we prepare for the potential of severe weather. If you pre-ordered tickets, refunds will be made available.
If you are in the coverage area of the storm, please be safe and stay up-to-date on all emergency announcements! ... See MoreSee Less
Warning! There has been some misinformation about the Hunley making its way around the internet.
Last week, Duke University issued a press release claiming one of their student’s discovered what caused the Hunley to sink in 1864. The story spread across the internet quickly due to the sensational headline. However, the story is not accurate.
We felt the need to issue a statement today to make sure the incorrect theory does not continue to spread. We are committed to sharing accurate information and welcome discussion and ideas from the public and other academic institutions about the Hunley and her history. Still, we must be careful not to jump to definitive conclusions until all the evidence has been evaluated.
Please share this post to help us correct the record!
On this day in 1863, the H.L. Hunley sank for the first time with the loss of 5 crew members.
They were: Michael Cane Nicholas Davis Frank Doyle John Kelly Absolum Williams
There are conflicting stories of what happened: Some claimed the wake of a passing ship flooded into the Hunley’s open hatches, filling it with enough water to sink it. Others claimed the mooring lines of another ship became tangled on the sub, pulling it onto its side until its hatches were underwater. Whatever happened, the result was the same: the Hunley sank immediately, taking five of her crew down to their deaths.
Join us in remembering the sacrifice of these brave volunteers and the commitment to duty of all those who serve in the submarine service to this day. Painting by Conrad Wise Chapman ... See MoreSee Less