Preserved Confederate Submarine

Field review by the editors.

North Charleston, South Carolina

The Hunley was an experimental Confederate submarine, nearly 40 feet long, that in 1864 became the first sub to sink a ship (the U.S.S. Housatonic). Unfortunately, the Hunley itself sank less than an hour later, taking with it its entire crew.

The Hunley remained lost until it was rediscovered on the sea bottom in 1995, and in 2000 it was brought ashore to sit inside a 90,000-gallon preservation tank, filled with scientifically adjusted water. During the week the tank is drained to let archeologists study the Hunley, but on weekends the tank is filled and the public is invited in for a peek. Tours include views of the sub in its multi-million-dollar bathtub, a life-size recreation of the Hunley made for a cable TV movie, facial reconstructions of the doomed crew, and the lucky gold coin carried by the captain.

For the record, the Hunley's death toll was five Yankees, 21 Confederates.

Preserved Confederate Submarine

Warren Lasch Conservation Center

Address:
1250 Supply St., North Charleston, SC
Directions:
Warren Lasch Conservation Center. From the I-526 beltway take exit 18A. Drive south on US Hwy 78/Rivers Ave. for three miles. Turn left onto McMillan Ave. Drive about one mile, then turn right onto N. Hobson Ave. Drive about one mile, then turn left onto Supply St. The Hunley Tours sign will be on the left, at the intersection of River Rd.
Hours:
Sa 10-5, Su 12-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
843-743-4865 x10
Admission:
Adults $12.00
RA Rates:
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