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No answers yet: Sinking of Civil War sub a mystery

Aug 6, 2010 4:07:00 AM - thestate.com
Ten years after the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley was raised off the South Carolina coast, just why it sank remains shrouded in mystery.

Scientists hold a news conference on Friday to announce a major step in the conservation of the hand-cranked sub, the first in history to sink an enemy warship.

Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the raising of the Hunley. Thousands watched from boats and the shore in 2000 as the sub was placed on a barge and brought to a conservation lab in North Charleston.

Thousands of people again turned out in April 2004 when the Hunley's crew of eight was buried in what has been called the last Confederate funeral.

The Hunley sank in February 1864 after sinking the Union blockade ship Housatonic.

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