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“Real Civil War history still in the making”
Review of H. L. Hunley

H. L. Hunley
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Hunley became the world's first successful combat submarine in 1864 with the sinking of the USS Housatonic. After making world history, she mysteriously vanished. Lost at sea for over a century, she was finally found in 1995 and then raised from the ocean floor in 2000. Since then, scientists have been at work to conserve the legendary submarine and solve the mystery of her disappearance. Tours of the Hunley include viewing the Hunley in her 75,000 conservation tank, facial reconstructions of the crew, and interactive exhibits that tell the submarine's fascinating tale throughout the centuries.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 11 June 2014

We listened as a very well informed guide showed us the Hunley, currently in the process of being restored after being being recovered from the Atlantic in 1995. It was the Confederates' "secret weapon" during the civil war -- a hand-cranked submarine that would invite claustrophobia from the best of us -- leaving several tragedies in its wake. There is an exhibit which includes the facial reconstruction of the crew that is buried in Magnolia Cemetery. Worth a trip.

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Waaay back, during the Civil War, the Confederates developed a crew hand-cranked submarine that turned out to be the first submarine to sink an enemy ship during times of war. Regrettably, the submarine was lost during this first mission and the crew was lost until the submarine was found/salvaged and now on display. The crew was removed and buried with full military honors.

1  Thank RonT272
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Parents: Please skip the silly theme parks and teach your kids some true history! I have been following the history of the Hunley since it was discovered over ten years ago. What a journey this vessel has made since it has come to its current conservation lab in North Charleston. One drives through an industrial area to get to the lab. There are a number of wonderful displays to see before you actually line up to enter the space where the submarine is. You need to climb a staircase to see the Hunley in its tank, so if one needs to check handicap access before planning a trip there. The volunteer guide, Judy, did a great job with the amount of material she had to share in a short period of time. The deaths of the sailors were treated with respect. This was worth my time for a wonderful visit. Admission is $10 for adults. Any history buff will love this. They are building a permanant museum down the road some day, according to the guide. The restoration is still a work in progress. It's exciting to see it while it is still being worked on. Come visit!

4  Thank Noel78
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Very well educated guides and very interesting. Conservation project will benefit all and it is great history

1  Thank Jane B
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Well done attraction for something that is, first and foremost, ongoing research. Sunday afternoon is a good time to go. Very few people were there at that time in May 2014. Besides seeing the Hunley, it hits home when you sit in one of the mock-ups and try to row. Now imagine doing that for 4 hours (just to get into attack position). Good for family if the kids are old enough to read. Does have a portion of the exhibit to cater to smaller ones, as well as an excellent gift shop.

3  Thank goneflyin
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