H. L. Hunley marker at Fort Sumter - Charleston, SC
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member MountainWoods
N 32° 45.132 W 079° 52.446
17S E 605472 N 3624377
Quick Description: A historical marker explaining the importance of a Confederate submarine in the American Civil War
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 5/7/2014 4:14:54 PM
Waymark Code: WMKNQA
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member jhuoni
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Long Description:
This marker gives us information on the first submarine to sink an enemy ship.
H. L. Hunley on shore, 1863. She was the first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship.

On the night of February 17, 1864, the H.L. Hunley set out from Sullivan's Island, directly in front of you, with a torpedo attached to a seventeen-foot spar on her bow. Her target was the U.S.S. Housatonic, anchored four miles offshore. A Union lookout spied the suspicious object moving toward the ship and sounded an alarm. Engines started, but before the ship could move away an explosion ripped through the Housatonic's wooden hull and she quickly sank.

The H.L. Hunley disappeared after sinking the Housatonic. After searching for 131 years, in May 1995 the submarine was finally found 1,000 feet seaward of the Housatonic. The H.L. Hunley returned home on August 8, 2000, when she was recovered from her watery grave.

Built from an iron steam boiler, the H.L. Hunley was 40 feet long with a crew of 9 men. The submarine's sleek design helped her glide through the water up to 4 knots. The air supply was limited. Once the candle went out after 30 minutes the crew quickly returned to the surface for fresh air.

Two earlier accidents and the final sinking resulted in the death of 22 men who volunteered on this experimental "peripatetic coffin."

Marker Name: H.L. Hunley

Marker Location: Roadside

Type of Marker: Fort

County: Charleston

Marker number: Not listed

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