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“Wait to see the Hunley”
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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed October 16, 2012

The civil war submarine is a must see, however it is undergoing restoration for the next two years. Once the restoration is complete it will be moved to a perminate display in Charleston. I suggest you study the story of the Hunley and it's recovery and wait for the perminate display.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

This civil war submarine successfully sank a Union warship, a feat that was not repeated for another 50 years. The actual submarine is on display on weekends only. If you're a Civil War buff, this is a must see exhibit.

1  Thank kr51
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Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

Its only open SAT and SUN and its in an out of the way waterfront area. But finding it was fairly easy by following the signs. This is a great time to see history. They do tours that not only let you view the Hunley but detail the history and the crew. It's absolutely amazing to see its condition and the artifacts. The staff are all wonderful, we have a special thanks to Pappy and Brenda.

2  Thank BlueThunder91
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

I'm not one to spend hours reading the fine print by every exhibit or visit every museum in every city we travel to, but I did really enjoy this one. My husband has followed the story behind the Hunley for years and really wanted to see it in person. The retired military gentlemen who give the tours are very informative and a pleasure to listen to. It's a dose of reality to see just what the men inside that little sub went thru in order to take our military tactics a step further down the road and lost their lives doing it. A salute to all our military!!!!!

1  Thank Diane B
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

It was a great historic stop on our visit to Charleston but it was sort of uninviting with all of the confederate flags obviously. They have done a great job restoring the Hunley and it is amazing to see a sub of that size that took down something like the Houstatonic.

1  Thank Jeep429
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