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Raising the Hunley

Abridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/22/2002

Raising the Hunley

The Remarkable History and Recovery of the Lost Confederate Submarine

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Digital Download ISBN:9781598871425


Two prize-winning journalists, Brian Hicks and Schulyer Kropf, have chronicled this fascinating story of military daring, momentary victory, sudden death, buried secrets, persistence, and ultimate payoff.

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On a brutally cold night in February 1864, all seemed calm off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. But beneath the placid surface of the sea, a Confederate submarine named the H. L. Hunley was about to attack the USS Housatonic, the Union Navy's largest warship. The sub plunged a 135-pound torpedo into the Houstonic's stern, sinking it within three minutes, and becoming the first submarine to sink a ship in battle. Lieutenant George Dixon and his crew signaled their victory to their Rebel compatriots on Sullivan's Island and steamed toward shore and a heroes' welcome. Sadly, their triumph was short-lived: For reasons that remain mysterious, the H. L. Hunley abruptly disappeared.

But not, it turns out, forever. Though treasure-hunters had searched for the sub since the Civil War, it remained undisturbed for 136 years. Aided with newly-developed technologies, a team of divers bankrolled by novelist Clive Cussler found the Hunley in 1995.

As described by the authors of The H. L. Hunley, the sub’s discovery and subsequent recovery have revealed a veritable treasure trove of human-interest anecdotes and solutions to decades-old mysteries.

Author Bio

BRIAN HICKS is a senior writer for the in Charleston, South Carolina, and the author of Into the Wind. He has received numerous journalism awards, including South Carolina Press Journalism of the Year honor.

SCHUYLER KROPF is a senior political reporter for the Post and Courier, and also ahs received several professional awards.

Both men live in Charleston.