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 marks the 153rd anniversary of the Hunley’s historic journey on February 17th, 1864. Under a moonlight sky, she quietly left with an against-all-odds mission to sink one of the newest and strongest ships in the Union fleet. The Hunley was successful and changed naval warfare for all time. Shortly after, the sub and her eight-man crew vanished into the sea. Lost for over a century, the Hunley was located in 1995 and raised from the ocean in 2000. Today, an international team of scientists are working to save the vessel and solve the mystery of her disappearance.
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A new model has just been released to mark this week’s anniversary of the Hunley becoming the first successful combat submarine in world history. The charity developed this model to capture how the sub generally would have appeared in 1864.
Perfect as a desk decoration or for the mantle, this gift will please your favorite history lover. All proceeds go to save and display the Hunley. Order at www.HUNLEY.org or call 843.743.4865. ... See MoreSee Less
Friends of the Hunley: The Official Hunley Project Site added 2 new photos.
Working inside the roughly 4-feet tall crew compartment is a tight squeeze. From safety concerns with chemical residue associated with the ongoing conservation treatment to the tight confines of the vessel, these pictures demonstrate some of the challenges facing conservators working to save the historic Hunley submarine. ... See MoreSee Less
Safety is always key! Conservators are geared up in the necessary safety equipment to get back to removing the rock-hard layer of sand, silt, and rust that coats the inside of the Hunley. They are working to remove this material so a full conservation treatment can be applied to the world's first successful combat submarine. From left, Johanna Rivera, Paul Mardikian and Liisa Nasanen. ... See MoreSee Less