The Hunley, Conservation Efforts 10 Years Later

(Originally broadcast 12/03/10) – The study and conservation of the Confederate submarine Hunley took a major step forward in June, 2011, when conservationists rotated the vessel, in its salt-water tank, into an upright position for the first time since it sank in 1864. The Hunley and its crew had vanished after becoming the first submarine to successfully sink another warship, the U.S.S. Housatonic.

To mark this milestone we are revisiting a Journal episode with Senator Glen McConnell, Chairman of the South Carolina Hunley Commission, and Dr. Maria Jacobsen, Chief Archaeologist for the Hunley project. We’ll hear the fascinating story of this project which has brought together historical research, cutting edge technology, and experts from across the scientific and academic spectrum, all to answer the question: what happened to the Hunley.

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A Giant Puzzle | Walter Edgar's Journal
A Giant Puzzle | Walter Edgar's Journal

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In this first segment on the Confederate submarine C.S.S. Hunley, Walter Edgar and Senator Glenn McConnell discuss how finding the submarine disproved all pre-conceived notions about its design...
Raising The Hunley | Walter Edgar's Journal
Raising The Hunley | Walter Edgar's Journal

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Senator Glenn McConnell discusses raising the Hunley. Some of the challenges faced were maritime legal issues, and how the submarine was going to be lifted off of the ocean floor. Preserving the...
A Historic Time Capsule | Walter Edgar's Journal
A Historic Time Capsule | Walter Edgar's Journal

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The Hunley is described as “a historic time capsule.” Sen. Glenn McConnell discusses using the clues found in the Hunley to piece together what happened the night it sank the U.S.S. Housatonic.
The Hunley's Design | Walter Edgar's Journal
The Hunley's Design | Walter Edgar's Journal

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In this segment, Sen. Glenn McConnell talks about the design of the Hunley. Previous replicas and diagrams of the Hunley were found to be inaccurate upon discovery of the real submarine.
Dixon's Gold Coin | Walter Edgar's Journal
Dixon's Gold Coin | Walter Edgar's Journal

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Before the Hunley was found, Lieutenant George Dixon’s gold coin was just considered a legend. Dr. Maria Jacobsen tells the story and significance behind Lt. Dixon’s coin, and shares her excitement...
Identifying The Crew | Walter Edgar's Journal
Identifying The Crew | Walter Edgar's Journal

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Another challenge faced during the Hunley investigation was identifying the members of the crew. Determining who was who among the crew proved difficult due to lack of Confederate records. Dr. Maria...