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    It has been, I think, 3 years since we last visited, and the Hunley was not nearly this clean at that time. She was still being soaked in a solution to help with the removal of accretions. We will return on a weekend day to get an up close look not available during the week while conservators are at work.

    This video show the remarkable progress made in the preservation effort.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsXW7UlCsCo

    Regards,
    Dennis
    If stupid was a criminal offense Sea Lion believers would be doing life.

    Shouting out to Half Pint for bringing back the big mugs!

  • #2
    Nice story on the local news today on the 19th anniversary of the raising of the Hunley. The mystery of why she sank is as unsolved as it was the day she went down.

    Regards,
    Dennis
    If stupid was a criminal offense Sea Lion believers would be doing life.

    Shouting out to Half Pint for bringing back the big mugs!

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    • #3
      Several theories, but no real way to know the exact events. Brave men.
      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
        Several theories, but no real way to know the exact events. Brave men.
        True enough. I tend to favor the idea that concussion from the detonation may have done the job. No damage from projectiles that could have sunk her, and the crew members were found to be at their stations when they died.

        Regards,
        Dennis
        If stupid was a criminal offense Sea Lion believers would be doing life.

        Shouting out to Half Pint for bringing back the big mugs!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by D1J1 View Post

          True enough. I tend to favor the idea that concussion from the detonation may have done the job. No damage from projectiles that could have sunk her, and the crew members were found to be at their stations when they died.

          Regards,
          Dennis
          It does seem the most likely. The effects of blast o underwater objects was not understood at the time. Might have jarred some seals loose, or the concussion might have rendered the crew unconscious and put them on the bottom. They didn't have much of an oxygen supply considering the number of crew and the sheer exertion of propelling the sub.
          Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by D1J1 View Post
            It has been, I think, 3 years since we last visited, and the Hunley was not nearly this clean at that time. She was still being soaked in a solution to help with the removal of accretions. We will return on a weekend day to get an up close look not available during the week while conservators are at work.

            This video show the remarkable progress made in the preservation effort.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsXW7UlCsCo

            Regards,
            Dennis
            Fantastic!
            "England expects that every man will do his duty!" (English crew members had better get ready for a tough fight against the combined French and Spanish fleets because that's what England expects! However, Scotland, Wales and Ireland appear to expect nothing so the Scottish, Welsh and Irish crew members can relax below decks if they like!)

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            • #7
              Another rebel vessel, the David, attacked and damaged the USS New Ironsides. The links are to an excellent rendering of that story, and to some photos and drawings of the David and her torpedo.

              A model of the David is currently on display at the Berkeley County Museum. https://www.berkeleymuseum.org/


              http://jamesislandbugle.com/history-css-david-goliath/

              https://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/Onl...h-ag/david.htm

              Regards,
              Dennis

              If stupid was a criminal offense Sea Lion believers would be doing life.

              Shouting out to Half Pint for bringing back the big mugs!

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              • #8
                On a related side note, this early submarine - the Explorer -from the same era, not funded because subs like the Hunley were already on the books, was discovered recently.


                It was far more sophisticated, having a functioning air pressure ballast tank system that allowed it to travel fully submerged, and a diver lockout compartment.

                After construction, the Sub Marine Explorer was partially disassembled and transported to Panama in December 1866, where she was reassembled to harvest oysters and pearls in the Pearl Islands. Experimental dives with the Sub Marine Explorer in the Bay of Panama ended in September 1867 when Kroehl died of "fever".
                The vessel was abandoned when it failed to make the predicted profit for the pearl industry. Estimated to gather some twenty tons per season, it only managed around 7 tons the very first season with a low yield of valuable pearls.

                Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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