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2008 H.L. Hunley, Charleston, SC | by scmikeburton
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2008 H.L. Hunley, Charleston, SC

Sign reads: The Civil War Submarine, H.L. Hunley

Brought from Mobile, Alabama in August 1863 to help defeat the Union naval blockade of Charleston, H.L. Hunley became the first submarine in history to sink an ememy ship. Armed with a spar-mounted torpedo, it sank the Federal blockading vessel, Housatonic, the night of February 17, 1864. Although accomplishing its objective, H.L. Hunley never returned to port. Eluding searchers for more than a century, the submarine was considered permanently lost. It was not, however, forgotten in Charleston. Recognizing the vessel's pioneer place in modern undersea warfare, The Charleston Museum between 1967 and 1979 operated a branch "Hunley Museum" which featured this full-scale model. Built according to limited historical data available at the time, the Museum's model differs in several details from the original vessel, which was found in 1995 and raised on August 8, 2000. Owned by the United States government, H.L. Hunley is under authority of the South Carolina Hunley Commission

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Taken on December 6, 2008