It was 150 years ago today that the H.L. Hunley left port for the first time in Feb. of 1864 and became the first submarine to sink an enemy ship, the Union enemy, that it. The Civil War-era submarine above was discovered in 1995 off the SC coast and is currently housed in a conservation tank.
The submarine was built in Mobile, AL as the South’s effort to break a crippling blockade by the Northern forces during the American Civil War and had a crew of eight which operated the hand-cranked propulsion system.
During the H.L. Hunley’s resurrection, a button to a uniform of a crew member was found as well as a gold coin that helped deflect a bullet and saving the life of Lt George Dixon during a previous battle.