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Review of H. L. Hunley

H. L. Hunley
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed March 15, 2012

To get to this attraction, you must drive through a shady part of town. It is located in a warehouse near the water. There are very few signs to show the way to the museum. BUT, the tour is very fascinating, so it's worth finding it. A tour guide takes you into a room where parts of the Hunley are displayed (in water for preservation). Then, you climb about 15 steps to a viewing platform. You are able to look down into a tank and see the Hunley itself. The guide tells facts about the submarine and the people who were on it. Then, you come down from the platform and they tell more history and have pictures showing crews working on the clean-up of the submarine. Finally you get to see objects found on the submarine - a coin, a diamond ring, and a diamond broach. Outside around the gift shop area is a replica of the size of the Hunley. You can sit inside to get a feel for what a small space the men were confined. Overall, a very historical attraction.

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Reviewed March 14, 2012

I really enjoyed my visit here. It helped to have a submariner (my dad) who was also a pall bearer for the last crew in 2004 and my daughter who is an American History teacher with me but rest assured you will enjoy it if you dont have them with you.

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Reviewed March 10, 2012

This is a wonderful attraction. You will learn a great deal about this submarine. Many of the guides are local Vets which makes it even more interesting. Finding the location is a bit tricky as it is located on the old naval base. They have just removed many of the straps holding the sub so it is much easier to see now. You cannot take pictures. Not sure why this is a big deal to some. You are not allowed to take pix at many historical attractions.

Thank Toothfairy73
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

We saw the Hunley submarine from the Civil War. Opened our eyes to the technology of the day. Some may think you will see a sub in a tank of water, but what you see is the restoration process of something buried in the mud for over 100 years. It is modern science and history. (Thank you to Chris.)

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Reviewed March 8, 2012

My family and I decided to see the Hunley and we were very disapointed. If you want to know about the Hunley, grab a book, because all you do there is read anyway. I am not a fan of guided tours and the guided tour that you receive is boring, stale, and so full of someone's personal beliefs that you want to jump in the water with the Hunley...not because you can, because you can't even take pictures and security will remove you if they see you pull out your cell phone. We did the entire Hunley experience in 45 minutes and 30 of that was the tour. This was one of the least exciting and interesting things i have done in the Charleston area.

5  Thank daearz77
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