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South Carolina

Submarine Hunley

On August 8, 2000, the HUNLEY could be recovered from her water grave off the coast of Sullivan's Island - - the conservation and reconstruction process could start. Today, the Hunley can be visited, please see further below. The Hunley Crew was buried on the Magnolia Cemetery in northern Charleston.

Horace Lawson Hunley

Mr. Hunley is the submarine inventor and financier of the first successful submarine 'Hunley'. It could proof during the Civil War that it could actually sink an enemy ship.
Horace L. Hunley was born on Dezember 29th, 1823, in Sumner, Tennessee. In the beginning of the Civil War he realized the importance of keeping the supply lines with Europe open and eventually met with James McClintock and Baxter Watson to bring his idea of a submarine to life. On Oktober 15, 1863, he died with his crew during a test run when the submarine got stuck on the bottom of Charleston Harbor.

On Februar 17th, 1864, the Hunley actually sank an enemy ship but disappeared shortly after.


Hunley tours are available
every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m
and Sunday Noon – 5 PM.
Last tour begins at 4:40 PM.
Tours are not available on weekdays so scientists can continue their work preserving the Hunley for future generations.
No tours on Easter Sunday.
For ticket pre-ordering please visit the webiste of the Friends of the Hunley, see link below. Walk-up tickets are also available on a first come, first serve basis.


Warren Lasch Conservation Center
1250 Supply Street (in der alten Charleston Navy Base)
North Charleston, SC 29405

Friends of the Hunley Website



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