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The Hunley | Charleston SC

The H.L Hunley became the first combat submarine to sink a warship on the fateful night of February 17, 1864. That night, it sank the USS Housatonic, a steam-powered Union sloop of war in Charleston Harbor. While it was victorious, the Hunley never resurfaced, taking her crew of eight men to an early grave. What happened to the H.L. Hunley and her crew is an ongoing maritime mystery.

Join us as The Friends of the Hunley gives us a private tour and helps us tell this mystery.

Finding The Hunley

Raising The Hunley

Preserving The Hunley

Interesting Facts About the H.L. Hunley

  • 1 The wreck of the H.L. Hunley was discovered on May 3, 1995 by the National Underwater and Marine Agency, which was led by Clive Cussler, a New York Times best-selling author.
  • 2 The Hunley was raised from its resting place in Charleston Harbon on August 8, 2000.
  • 3 The crew of the Hunley received a proper burial on April 17, 2004 at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston SC. They were buried alongside others who lost their lives on the submarine during its earlier test missions held in August and October of 1863.
  • 4 The crew of the Hunley was made up of volunteers: Lieutenant George Dixon, Corporal J.F. Carlsen, Arnold Becker, C. Lumpkin, Frank Collins, Joseph Ridgaway, James A. Wicks, and a man known only to history as Miller.
  • 5 The Hunley was discovered just 1,000 feet away and on the seaward side of the ship it sank, the USS Housatonic.

While in the Area

We asked locals to help us choose a great place for lunch while we were in Charleston SC. Their recommendation did not disappoint! After a short drive to Johns Island SC, we filled up on mouthwatering Southern cuisine at Stono Market & Tomato Shed Café! From the country-fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, and macaroni and cheese to the stewed okra and tomatoes, our taste buds were pleased. Our must-try recommendation is their tomato pie! The service was fabulous, too! Our server, Jackie, was the epitome of Southern hospitality! Like them on Facebook and tell them Stories, Secrets & Sagas sent you!

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Friends of the Hunley | Warren Lasch Conservation Center
1250 Supply Street, Charleston SC 29405
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