Scientists will begin the process of rotating the historic H.L. Hunley Civil War submarine Wednesday afternoon. The rotation marks the first time the starboard (right hand) side will be revealed since it sunk more than a century ago. Author Clive Cussler set up an expedition and found the sunken Confederate vessel in 1995.
It gets world attention this week as people watch. It begins its historic turn upward. We expect rotating the Hunley about a half an inch at a time, watching for torking and everything as we begin to position her upward. This is the prelude to deconcreting her, and then bathing her in a sulfate bath to extract the salt from her to make her a very stable vessel for the future.
Charleston Senator Glenn McConnell is a member of the Hunley Commission and says the process should take a few days to complete. He says their hopes are to reveal some of the “footprints of history” and what happened the night the Hunley sank in 1864. It has rested on a 45-degree angle since she was found.