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Guild Lecture: Recovering America's First Combat Submarine

The Sinking Of America's First Combat Sub Was A Mystery For 150 Years - Until Now

Doug Divine of Pacific Survey discusses the recovery of the H.L. Hunley Confederate Submarine.

On February 17, 1864, the 41-foot-long Confederate submersible H. L. Hunley became the first combat sub in American history to sink a surface warship, torpedoing the U.S. Navy's three-month-old sloop-of-war USS Housatonic as it participated in the Union blockade of Charleston, South Carolina. But instead of returning home, the Hunley sank immediately after, killing all eight of the Confederate crewmen on board. It was the short-lived sub's third and final sinking. 

Doug Devine, Pacific Survey Supply, was called in to record the historic recovery and conservation of the H.L. Hunley. Working with National Geographic and the Lasch Conservation Center, the task was to define and document the recovery and conservation of the submarine and its crew.

This hour long presentation will be historically informative and entertaining. Artifacts from the recovery will be displayed. 

12:00PM - 01:00PM
Medford Library
History Presentation/Lecture