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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, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Sub is great - but tour needs work”
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
3 Thank Jock W
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Charleston, SC
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“History of the Civil War”
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.

Thank jennybuttah
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Laguna Niguel, California
Level 6 Contributor
343 reviews
175 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
“Maritime Archaeological Treasure”
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!

Thank Diverdad1
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Matawan, New Jersey
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178 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Well worth it.”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

My husband and I spent a couple of hours at the exhibit after we visited the Hunley's crew at Magnolia Cemetery.
The exhibit was incredible. It was organized wonderfully and it simply amazed me.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank sugarmag13
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