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“Awesome, awesome, and even more awesome!”
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
Dallas, Texas
1 review
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“Awesome, awesome, and even more awesome!”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

For a great view into a personal history lesson this is the way to go! Wow...the presentation of the historical material associated with this little piece of history is just awe inspiring! The way that the material is presented makes one feel a personal connection to the brave souls that gave the ultimate sacrifice for the pursuit of freedom that we all enjoy today! Bravo!!!! It moved me to tears. This is a must see when coming into the area for the young and old. Don't miss this!

Visited January 2013
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Knightdale, North Carolina
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28 reviews
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“Interesting History Lesson”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

On a rainy day, we visited the Hunley Submarine Museum. The paid tour was a must to understand the history of the Hunley. The guide was knowledgeable and very entertaining.

Visited February 2013
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McCormick, SC
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338 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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“A must for history buffs”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

The history on this Civil War submarine is fasinating and still unraveling. Just recently they have found clues as to why the vessel sank.

Visited October 2012
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U.S.A. / ENGLAND.
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55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Submerged Treasure”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Hidden away in the old navy base in North Charleston the Hunley exhibition is well worth finding. Not just the fascinating old submarine and its story but the many Civil War artifacts. All linked together and well told by our guide Bill. Thank you.

Visited February 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Fascinating Civil War side story”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Very interesting and little known slice of history - Civil War buffs will love it. The Hunley restoration continues and it is fascinating to watch the preparations for cleaning and ultimately displaying this long submerged vessel. Equally interesting are the artifacts that have been found and their association with the several men who died when the Hunley failed. Facial restoration has been achieved so visitors can see the man who gave their lives in this effort. Experts from all over the world are involved in the restoration and investigation into exactly what caused it to sink. A charming surprise were the veterans from several wars who act as guides.

Visited February 2013
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