This book tells the story of the Hunley, the world's first successful submarine. It is written for both adults and younger readers that have a serious interest in the submarine. The book is fully illustrated with both drawings and photographs. It describes: * Why and where it was built and who the builders were. * Why and how it came to Charleston, South Carolina. * What it was like to take a cruise on the little submarine. * How it worked and what the different parts of the sub were. * What disasters happened to the subs and its crews. * How it sank the USS Housatonic and what became of the crews. * How it was lost and then found after 131 years. * How it was recovered. * What has been found in the recovered submarine. * How the sub is different than previously thought. * Why the sub has been surrounded by controversy that still continues. * How the Hunley changed naval warfare forever.
The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley changed naval warfare. The Hunley became the world's first successful submarine when it sank the Federal ship USS Housatonic during the American Civil War. It was a bitter victory since the Hunley and its crew were also lost in the attack. The sub was lost for 131 years. It was found in 1995 and recovered in August, 2000. The submarine is answering many of the questions and mysteries about this important little ship. The Hunley was on the forefront of technology for its time. In many ways, it was like the NASA space shuttle of today. Both vehicles went into dangerous, hostile environments with sometimes horrible and disastrous results. The builders and crews of the Hunley were innovative, desperate men. The Federal blockade of Southern ports was strangling the Confederacy. Many thought the Hunley could break this blockade. The Hunley crews were brave in the extreme. Crew after crew was lost but others stepped forward to volunteer. Every modern submarine and submariner owes a debt to the legacy of the Hunley and its brave crews.