Friday, June 17, 2011

Hunley to Be Raised

Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, once raised from ocean floor, now being raised in its tank
June 15, 2011 - 4:02 am

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, raised from the floor of the Atlantic 11 years ago, is being raised again. But this time, the sub is being raised only a few feet in its conservation tank in North Charleston.

The work on Wednesday is a prelude to additional work next week to rotate the submarine upright. That will give scientists their first good look at the hull since it sank with its crew of eight in 1864.

The hull is expected to provide clues as to why the Hunley went down after sinking the Union blockade ship Houstonic. It was on its side in the silt and was raised in that position in 2000.

The 10-ton Hunley is the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship.