Traveling South..... Sixth Stop: Charleston (part 3 of many parts) Hunley Submarine

by Camellia Staab January. 23, 2019 575 views

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.

Dixon's coin

Dixon's coin

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 6 months ago

WOW!!! Fascinating report! You would never get me in one of those things, but I can certainly admire those who did go on missions in a crazy gizmo like this!  YIKES!!!!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 6 months ago

If and when you find me in one of those things, you will know that I am on a suicide mission smile

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Russell Smith 2 years, 6 months ago

It is insane how small that it was inside . Like sitting in a can of sardines . I dont know if the sailors were brave or insane .

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 6 months ago

Insane indeed! Even the ones they make nowadays are way too small as far as I am concerned.

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Björn Roose 2 years, 6 months ago

A floating/sinking coffin indeed ...

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Camellia Staab Replied to Björn Roose 2 years, 6 months ago

A very accurate description!

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you so much for sharing. These must have been very brave man to face the danger inside such a small matchbox. Great work Camellia.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 6 months ago

Definitely not for me cause I am not brave at all smile Oh ok you said man, so I definitely don't fall in the category 🙃

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