(Wikipedia) H. L. Hunley was a submarine of the Confederate States of America that played a small part in the American Civil War, but a large role in the history of naval warfare. The Hunley demonstrated both the advantages and the dangers of undersea warfare. She was the first combat submarine to sink an enemy warship, although the Hunley was not completely submerged and was lost at some point following her successful attack. The Confederacy lost 21 crewmen in three sinkings of the Hunley during her short career. The submarine was named for her inventor, Horace Lawson Hunley, shortly after she was taken into service under the control of the Confederate Army at Charleston, South Carolina.

H. L. Hunley, nearly 40 feet (12 m) long, was built at Mobile, Alabama, and launched in July 1863. She was then shipped by rail on August 12, 1863 to Charleston, South Carolina. Hunley (then called Fish Boat) sank on August 29, 1863, during a training exercise, killing five members of her crew. She sank again on October 15, 1863, killing all eight of her second crew, including H. L. Hunley himself, who was aboard at the time, even through he was not enlisted in the Confederate armed forces. Both times the Hunley was raised and returned to service. On February 17, 1864, Hunley attacked and sank the 1240-short ton (1124 metric tons)1 screw sloop USS Housatonic on Union blockade duty in Charleston’s outer harbor. Soon after, Hunley sank for unknown reasons, killing all eight of her third crew. This time, the innovative ship was lost.

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  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...almost 4 years ago

    A very interesting shot – I’d heard of the Hunley but not seen a photo. They were brave men, that’s all I can say. You wouldn’t get me into that thing!

  • You and me both!!! Life in a submarine does not appeal to me in the slightest, but in this old thing even less!

    – David Davies

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsalmost 4 years ago

    excellent mate

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alalmost 4 years ago

    An interesting piece of history David.

  • Isn’t it! We were just walking up this street in Charleston and there it was.

    – David Davies

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 4 years ago

    Great find and a lovely shot.

  • Thanks, Gary!

    – David Davies

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot and info David

  • Thanks, Jacqui!

    – David Davies

  • JDL15
    JDL15almost 4 years ago

    nice clean shot

  • Thank you, John!

    – David Davies

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerralmost 4 years ago

    Think there was a film about this .. nice capture ..

  • Thanks, Ray, must watch out for that film.

    – David Davies

  • Terence Russell
    Terence Russellalmost 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, David. There was indeed a film about this. I had forgotten until I read the history. Cool that the torpedo is attached!

  • Thanks for the reference, Terence, I will definitely look it up!

    – David Davies

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 4 years ago

    Good find and capture David, the history is fascinating …

  • Thank you Tom. Now I must watch the movie!

    – David Davies

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 4 years ago

    great capture David!

  • Thank you, Sita.

    – David Davies

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