Experts: New clues to sinking of Confederate sub

Experts: New clues to sinking of Confederate sub

Credit: Getty Images

CHARLESTON, SC - APRIL 17: Preston Singleton (L) of Bethlehem, Georgia sits on the sea wall while waiting for the funeral service of the H.L. Hunley crew to begin April 17, 2004 in Charleston, South Carolina. The Hunley was a civil war submarine that sank in 1864 while on a mission to torpedo a Union ship in Charleston harbor. The remains of the crew where recovered after the submarine was raised in 2000. (Photo by Stephen Morton/Getty Images)

Print
Email
|

by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Scientists say a pole on the front of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley designed to plant explosives on enemy ships may hold a key clue to its sinking during the Civil War.
 
The experts are to release their findings Monday at a North Charleston lab where the hand-cranked sub is being preserved and studied. The Hunley was the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship.
 
The pole, called a spar, was once placed at the front of the sub and used to plant a powder charge into the Union blockade ship Housatonic in 1864.The Housatonic sank, while the Hunley and its eight-man crew never returned.
 
The sub was found in waters off South Carolina in 1995 and raised five years later. It's been in the laboratory ever since.
 

Print
Email
|