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.
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
The Hunley was lost at sea for over a century. Over time, the salts from the ocean water infiltrated her iron skin. Those salts are like poison, and, without treatment, could cause the Hunley to rust and crumble. Clemson Conservators are checking the progress of their efforts to save the sub by measuring the salt levels remaining after soaking in her preservation treatment for the last few years. They take samples from various locations then compare them with earlier ones to determine the rate at which the treatment is cleansing the salts from the Hunley.
Staff and volunteers from the Hunley Project will have a booth at the Charleston Boat show handing out coupons for discounted Hunley tours and answering your Hunley related questions. As a special bonus they will have concretion from the Hunley’s exterior and a support sling used to raise the Hunley for your inspection.
The Charleston Boat Show started 38 years ago and has evolved into the event that kicks-off the Lowcountry’s boating season. Taking place each January, this annual happening includes everything from...