H. L. Hunley Submarine

North Charleston

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Museum houses the H. L. Hunley, a Civil War vessel that became the first submarine to ever sink an enemy ship before it mysteriously sank

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Museums bring history alive, like a skeleton found underneath your house. Dig up the past with this Groupon.

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  • $12 for a submarine-museum tour for two (up to a $24 value)
  • $24 for a submarine-museum tour for four (up to a $48 value)

Guides lead visitors past exhibits such as the H. L. Hunley submarine within a 90,000-gallon conservation tank, facial reconstructions of the crew, and excavated artifacts. Tours take place Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Sundays between noon and 5 p.m., with the last tour of each day starting at 4:40 p.m. Children younger than 5 are regularly admitted for free.

H. L. Hunley Submarine

It was February 17, 1864. The USS Housatonic floated in Charleston Harbor atop calm, cold waters. Below the surface, a group of Confederate soldiers sweated bullets as they cranked the propellers of the H. L. Hunley, speeding toward the Union's Housatonic on a historic mission: they would become the first submarine crew ever to sink an enemy ship. A 135-pound torpedo struck the Housatonic's stern, detonating a fiery explosion that sank the vessel within minutes. The Hunley then surfaced just long enough for the crew to flash a blue magnesium light, signaling to fellow forces on the shore that the mission succeeded and the submarine would return. And it did—but not until almost 140 years later, when it was raised from the harbor's sandy bottom on August 8, 2000, after author Clive Cussler discovered the wreck intact.

Today, the leaders of the nonprofit H. L. Hunley Submarine seek to conserve, restore, and ultimately exhibit this historic vessel, as well as solve the mystery of how it completed its mission only to vanish moments later. They welcome visitors to see the submarine in its current condition—within a 90,000-gallon conservation tank—and educate guests on the vessel's many details. Guides walk guests through features such as the manual-propulsion system and automatic moon roof, and illuminate exhibits such as a lifesize model from the TNT movie The Hunley.

Customer Reviews

Great museum and experience--would recommend to anyone! Worth a trip to N. Chas!
Kara S. · March 12, 2013
The visit was a wonderful learning experience, for both myself and my daughter. We really enjoyed using this Groupon!! :)
Heather L. · March 10, 2013
Great history and our guide was terrific!
Danielle L. · February 20, 2013

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