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“See the Sub Model in Downtown Charleston; Skip the Tour” 3 of 5 stars
Review of H.L. Hunley Submarine

H.L. Hunley Submarine
1250 Supply Street, Building 255, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405
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Owner description: The Hunley became the world's first successful combat submarine in 1864 with the sinking of the USS Housatonic. After making world history, she mysteriously vanished. Lost at sea for over a century, she was finally found in 1995 and then raised from the ocean floor in 2000. Since then, scientists have been at work to conserve the legendary submarine and solve the mystery of her disappearance. Tours of the Hunley include viewing the Hunley in her 75,000 conservation tank, facial reconstructions of the crew, and interactive exhibits that tell the submarine's fascinating tale throughout the centuries.
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Greenville, North Carolina
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“See the Sub Model in Downtown Charleston; Skip the Tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

You can see the full size model of the Confederate submarine Hunley without going to the North Charleston facility tour At 360 Meeting Street, the Charleston Museum has a model of the sub outside on the plaza. This was enough for our family as we could not fit in the tour at the Hunley facilties. This is free since its outside of the Charleston Museum.

Visited December 2012
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“Insightful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Great educational experience for boys aged 9 & 11. Highly recommend! For quality educational for all.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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“Sub is great - but tour needs work”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

The actual submarine is very cool, but the presentation of it via an enforced tour really detracted from the experience. They take groups in at set times to see the sub. They then give you only a few minutes to look at the actual sub, and then ask you to turn your back on it to listen to the tour guide give a long talk about the Hunley, its history, and the attack on the Housatonic. The talk lacked substantive information about the recovery and rehabilitation of the Hunley, another weakness. They also forbid photos of the Hunley. The Hunley is interesting and powerful, and worth seeing on its own merits, but the tour detracts from it.

Visited November 2012
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Charleston, SC
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“History of the Civil War”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Not a history buff, this little funky to find museum gives it's best into the history of how this submarine came into existence, its' members, and it's purpous. This is not walking distance around downtown.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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“Maritime Archaeological Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012 via mobile

The H. L. Hunley was an early man powered submarine built in Mobile, AL during the Civil War. It held a crew of 8 in very tight quarters. It's sole purpose was to sink Union blockade ships. It finally became the first sub to do so when it sunk the 160 crew Housatonic in Charleston Harbor in Feb 1864. The sub mysteriously disappeared after that mission but was finally located in 1995 and raised in 2000. It now sits in a fresh water tank in the Navy Yard in North Charleston and is being meticulously preserved. Besides seeing the sub itself, you can see artifacts recovered including a famous gold coin that the sub commander kept as a "good luck charm" after it took a bullet and saved his life at Shiloh earlier in the war. You can also learn about the men who died on this fateful mission and two earlier ones. Early submarine warfare was the most dangerous of military jobs, and this exhibit brings that to life. Only open to public Sat and Sun. About 30 mins. from downtown Charleston. A highlight of our trip and a "must see" for Civil War and naval historians!

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