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“Before submarines were cool...”
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
Johnson City, Tennessee
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54 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Before submarines were cool...”
Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

This is a cool piece of maritime history. The sub is actually stored in a large tank of water so it's difficult to really appreciate its size but there are neat replica pieces in the museum that you can go in that help you appreciate just what those men must have been thinking and going through. A must see for any mariner and Civil War buff, but definitely worth checking out for anyone while in Charleston.

Visited June 2013
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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129 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Amazing part of history”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

We went to see the Hunley last year and enjoyed it so much had to go back again this year to see if any new finds. The guide was well informed and enjoyable to listen to. If you like the Civil War, then Please go see this.

Visited May 2013
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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Visit this bit of history!”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

My husband has always been enamored with the story and mystery of the Hunley, and now I am, too. It was very educational, learning about the factors that scientists believe contributed to the disappearance of the Hunley after its successful attack on the Houstanic. I had a chance to sit inside a replica of the Hunley (which is 10% larger than the real one); yikes, it is claustrobia-inducing! I highly recommend this visit!

Visited May 2013
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Savannah
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262 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Very cool!”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

As a Civil War, and history buff, I found this to be one of the most interesting things have seen. The Hunley is important for so many reasons. A definite must see!

Visited May 2013
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North Charleston, South Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Hunley trip”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

This was just totally, outrageously, flippin awesum. To see the history unfolding throughout this tour, and to experience this is just way beyond what one could imagine from a book. This was something no-one should miss. Plan on getting there early, and spending the entire day exploring and experiencing it all. We went mid-day and felt like we were missing part of it as we left while they were closing up. I am not a history buff at all. But found this very interesting, and am planning a return in the near future!! This is a MUST DO!!!

Visited July 2012
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