Scientists display the cleaned hull of Confederate sub that sank enemy ship in 1864

January 30, 2015 11:49 PM

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The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley blast the Union blockade ship USS Housatonic out of the waters off Charleston in February 1864, but it never returned to shore because the impact of its charge on the enemy ship probably sank it too. Now 150 years after the war, scientists have recovered the hull of the sunken Hunley and cleaned it up with a view to determining what led to its destruction.

The Hunley was the first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship in 1864, and it was discovered off the coast of South Carolina in 1995 and raised out of the waters in 2000 before being brought to a conservation lab in North Charleston – covered with a hardened gunk of encrusted sand, sediment an...

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