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“Very moving”
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 older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed November 9, 2012

Staff was helpful and informative. Great displays, souvenir shop. Interactive things to do. Informative videos. Only thing was we had trouble finding it and drove around quite a while looking for it.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I am a history nut, and I have been wanting to see this for a long time. It is amazing to look at this hunk of metal in a tank, and realize it's history. Our guide for the 45 min tour was very well versed in her history, and gave some real insight into what happened, how they found out the crew members, and thoughts about what went wrong. (My idea is that they just ran out of oxygen and went to sleep = carbon monoxide poisoning.) There is a "mock up" that you can sit in to get the feel for what these guys were dealing with, and a gift shop to buy some Hunley stuff. It is a little hard to find, and if you use GPS, make sure to put North Charleston as your city!

1  Thank gocoastl
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Interesting visit to see a real relic from the past, a submarine from the civil war. Quite moving to see however it is still undergoing restoration in a large water tank to remove salt/chemicals. To appreciate recommend seeing the National Geographic movie on its recovery or the movie describing how it was engineered and the men who were on its maiden voyage and died in it. Access for those with limited mobility is not available. Fun visit.

1  Thank Cocomojoe
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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.

2  Thank Steven O
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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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