Be sure to tune in tonight at 9pm EST to your National Geographic Channel to watch a new two-hour documentary about the CSS Hunley, the world’s first successful combat submarine. The documentary will explore the possible reasons for the Hunley’s demise after she sank the USS Housatonic in outer Charleston harbor during the Civil War. Digital animations will be used to recreate the key events leading up to the Hunley’s sinking that fatal night. The documentary will cover every aspect of the Hunley’s history, from her roots in the Civil War through today’s efforts to preserve and restore her raised hulk using the latest advanced technology. You won’t want to miss this!
A new time lapse video has been posted at YouTube.com showing the recent Hunley rotation. Since being lifted from the sea in 2000, the Hunley has remained cradled in the same sling system used to lift her from the ocean. Placed safely in her preservation tank, she was maintained at the same 45-degree angle she was found in. Her starboard side has not been visible since she sank in 1864. On June 15, 2011, she was carefully raised and rotated such that she now sits on her keel, in an upright position, and at long last the secrets long hidden on her starboard side are being carefully investigated. Could they reveal the secrets of her demise so long ago? You will find the new video at the following URL: