Can you say claustrophobia? Can you spell the word? Or better yet, do you have claustrophobia? If you answered yes to any or all three questions, then I strongly advise you not to apply for a position as a crew member on the Hunley Submarine. As Andi would say " We are going to diiiiiieeeeeee!!" And many did.
I am definitely not doing this exhibition any justice with my pictures. The lighting was not conducive to photography. But, It was one of the most interesting sights, as well as presentations, I have attended in a long time and I highly, highly recommend going to the exhibit if you are ever in Charleston.
Hunley was a submarine of the Confederate States of America that played a small part in the American Civil War. Hunley demonstrated the advantages and the dangers of undersea warfare. On the night of February 17th, 1864, the submarine attacked and sank the USS Houstonic off the coast of Charleston.
Records indicate the Hunley crew signaled to shore that she had completed the mission(history was made that night for it was the first submarine to ever sink an enemy ship) and was on the way home, but instead it mysteriously vanished.
The submarine was lost at sea for over a century but was finally located in 1995 and was raised from the ocean floor in 2000.
Presently, it sits at this high-tech lab to be excavated and conserved. The vessel is in essence a time capsule, holding a wide array of artifacts from the nineteenth century and scientists are working to save the Hunley and solve some of history's greatest mystery. You can learn more about the Hunley and its background here.