Friday, February 18, 2005


Sinking of sub still mystery on Hunley anniversary


Fox Carolina
February 17, 2005

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Today is the 141st anniversary of the sinking of the Confederate submarine Hunley. But scientists still don't know exactly why the sub went down after sinking the blockade ship Housatonic off Charleston in 1864.

The senior archaeologist on the Hunley project, Maria Jacobsen, says there's no smoking gun. And, she says, scientists are working on a very cold case file as well. She says it will take time to put together dozens of clues.

Journalists today got a chance to see the crew bench removed earlier from the hand-cranked sub. Scientists say it's in good shape, likely meaning the sub for a time filled slowly with sand and that preserved the bench.

They say had water rushed in more quickly, sea worms likely would have entered the sub and eaten away at the wood.


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