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H L HUNLEY (submarine)


  • Address: 1250 Supply St
  • Vicinity: WL Conservation Center, old Charleston Navy Base
  • Hours: Weekend Tours
  • Phone: (843) 743-4865
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Vehicle
  • Vehicle Type: Boat

The World's First Warfare Submarine

H L HUNLEY is a confederate Civil War submarine that was raised from the ocean floor near Charleston in the summer of 2000. On the night of 17 February 1864, with 8 men on board, the H L Hunley sank the Union sloop-of-war, USS Housatonic; then, it went missing. The substantial remains of the H L Hunley are currently under restoration at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center. - AsNotedIn


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1863/00/00 Horace Lawson Hunley Architect H L Hunley is built at Park and Lyons machine shop located on the corner of State and Water streets in Mobile, Alabama (razed).
1863/00/00 Hunley, McClintock and Watson Architect H L Hunley is built at Park and Lyons machine shop located on the corner of State and Water streets in Mobile, Alabama (razed).
1863/08/00 Confederate States Navy Confederate States Navy acquires the H L HUNLEY.
1863/08/12 P G T Beauregard Confederate General The Hunley arrives by train in Charleston on the morning of August 12, 1863. They are soon granted an audience with besieged Charleston's military commander, PGT Beauregard. H L HUNLEY's Final Mission
1864/02/17 George Erasmus Dixon Confederate Lieutenant Commanded by Lt Dixon, about 4 miles off Breach Inlet in Sullivan's Island the H L HUNLEY places a 135 lb torpedo below the waterline of the USS Housatonic. The Housatonic burns for three minutes before sinking, killing five sailors. H L HUNLEY's Final Mission
1864/02/17 George Erasmus Dixon Confederate Lieutenant The Hunley surfaces and signals their comrades at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island with a blue magnesium light, indicating a successful mission. H L HUNLEY's Final Mission
1864/02/17 George Erasmus Dixon Died The H L HUNLEY, along with First Lt Dixon and seven Confederate crewmen, sinks on it's return to Sullivan's Island. H L HUNLEY's Final Mission
1864/02/17 George Erasmus Dixon Confederate Lieutenant Commanded by Lt Dixon, about 4 miles off Breach Inlet in Sullivan's Island the H L HUNLEY places a 135 lb torpedo below the waterline of the USS Housatonic. The Housatonic burns for three minutes before sinking, killing five sailors. Invention of the Submarine
1995/00/00 Author and adventurer Clive Cussler finds the Hunley buried deep within the sand and silt just outside of Charleston Harbor.
2000/08/08 Just outside of Charleston Harbor, the intact and remarkably well preserved H L Hunley is recovered from the bottom of the sea. H L HUNLEY's Final Mission

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Particulars for H L HUNLEY (submarine):
Vehicle Type Boat
Owner Federal
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Invention
Level of Significance Local
Area of Significance Maritime
Area of Significance Military
Historic Use Naval Facility
Disposition Shipwreck
Boat Type Submarine
Sight Category Vehicle



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 29th December 1978

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: H. L. HUNLEY (submarine)
Registry Address: E of Charleston
Registry Number: 78003412
Resource Type: Site
Owner: Federal
Architect: Park and Lyons; Hunley,McClintock and Watson
Contributing Sites: 1
Contributing Objects: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Military, Maritime history, Invention
Applicable Criteria: Event
Period of Significance: 1850-1874
Significant Year: 1862, 1864
Historic Function: Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Naval facility
Current Function: Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Street furniture, object

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