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If you were to ask the average individual when the first successful attack by a
submersible warship was, what do think their answer would be? Most are shocked
to learn that it was February 17, 1864 with the sinking of the USS Housatonic by
the CSS Hunley. H. L. Hunley, often referred to as Hunley.
It was a submarine of the Confederate States of America that played a small part in the American Civil War, she was named for her inventor, Horace Lawson Hunley, shortly after she was taken into government service under the control of the Confederate States Army at Charleston, South Carolina.
Hunley demonstrated the advantages and the dangers of undersea warfare. She was the first combat submarine to sink a warship (the aforementioned USS Housatonic) and although the Hunley was not completely submerged, following her successful attack, was lost along with her crew before she could return to base. The Confederacy lost 21 crewmen in three sinkings courtesy of the Hunley during her short career.
She was nearly 40 feet (12m) long, was built at Mobile, Alabama, and launched in July 1863. She was then shipped by rail on August 12, 1863 to Charleston. Hunley (then referred to as the "fish boat"; "fish torpedo boat"; or the "porpoise") sank on August 29, 1863, during a test run, killing five members of her crew. She sank again on October 15, 1863, killing all eight of her second crew, including Horace Hunley himself who was aboard at the time, despite not being a member of the Confederate military. Both times Hunley was raised and returned to service until her demise.
Finally located in 1995, Hunley was raised in 2000 for a third and final time and is now on display in North Charleston, South Carolina, at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center on the Cooper River. Examination, in 2012, of recovered Hunley artifacts suggests that the submarine was as close as 20 feet (6 meters) to her target, Housatonic, when her deployed torpedo exploded, which caused the submarine's own loss.*
With a strong magnifier and patience this will build into a solid replica of H. L. Hunley. Armed with adequate references, an exact point in time can be modeled as the Hunley changed significantly during her short career. Also, portraying the distressed weathered appearance will add a challenging aspect to the simple black color scheme.
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