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The Hunley Submarine mystery and replica operation video (things to do in Charleston and Columbia)

Posted By shoutabout,Date: 04.20.2008

To this day we don’t know what happened to the H.L. Hunley, the Confederate submarine built to help break the Civil War blockade. We do know it disappeared on the night of February 17 1864 after it sunk the Union ship the USS Housatonic (the world’s first submarine to do so in combat!)

Hunley submarine

If you are visiting Columbia you can see a full size replica at the State Museum. Of course, nothing beats the original, which can be admired in Charleston at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center (here is a Google Map with the location). While in the area and you’re hungry for more military adventure go visit the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier. It has dozens of “little” war planes waiting for you to play with!

Inside Hunley submarine

Interesting Hunley trivia
-Built in Mobile Alabama and hauled by train into Charleston
-Operated by 9 crewmen from one extraordinarily tight room…truly seating like sardines
-Prohibited to travel underwater by the Confederate commanders after 13 crewmen died in two accidents
-Reached the amazing speed of 2 knots in calm waters!
-Its observation ports had to be kept above the surface for the pilot to navigate

Let your children experience our country history in amazing South Carolina!

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    3 Responses to “The Hunley Submarine mystery and replica operation video (things to do in Charleston and Columbia)”

    1. Visit USS Yorktown, a military wonder and true family adventure (Charleston weekend things to do children) « Shout About South Carolina Travel, Family Attractions and Free Things to Do Says:

      [...] War started), Fort Moultrie (where the Palmetto tree became our state symbol) and the mysterious Hunley Submarine (the first successful combat submarine in the [...]

    2. Shout About Carolina Family Travel » Blog Archive » » State Museum, South Carolina art, history and science under one roof (Columbia fun things to do) Says:

      [...] size replicas of “Best Friend of Charleston” the first American-built steam locomotive and the H.L. Hunley, the Confederate’s best hope to break the blockade during the Civil War and first submarine [...]

    3. ashley nicole Says:

      that was a great thing to learn about. i have been in charleston many times. my grandpa was in the hospital for many years so i spent most of my life there.

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