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New phase begins preserving Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley

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The Hunley as she looks today. (Image: courtesy  Friends of the Hunley) The Hunley as she looks today. (Image: courtesy Friends of the Hunley)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - A new phase in conserving the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship is beginning.

Conservators at a lab in North Charleston are for the first time putting the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley in a chemical bath designed to remove salts and encrustation from the hull of the hand-cranked sub.

Lowcountry remembers the H.L. Hunley

One Hunley scientist says the process is the end of the beginning of the work of conserving the sub, which sank a Union blockade ship off Charleston in 1864.

International submariner delegation honors Hunley crew

The Hunley was discovered off the coast in 1995 and raised in 2000.

Revealing the H.L. Hunley's hidden side


It will sit in the solution for about three months. Then it will be drained each day as scientists use tools to remove the encrustations. It's expected the entire hull will be cleaned in a year.
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