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Sullivan's Island in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Hunley Recovery Project

 
 
The <i>Hunley</i> Recovery Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2017
1. The Hunley Recovery Project Marker
Inscription.
The Hunley Recovery Project

Federal, state, and private sector underwater archaeologists teamed with engineers and divers from Oceaneering International to excavate and recover the H.L. Hunley. Oceaneering, a marine engineering company, has done recovery work on the USS Monitor and NASA's Liberty Bell 7 space capsule.

In mid-summer 2000, the team excavated the sub and supported it with a continuous series of slings attached to a specially built recovery frame. Each sling had a load cell to provide constant computerized monitoring of the hull stresses during recovery operations. Finally, the Hunley was raised from its resting place and transported to a conservation facility in North Charleston, where the delicate work of conservation and preservation will continue for years.

The Hunley Recovery Project represents a model of public/private partnership and interagency cooperation to preserve a national treasure. The Friends of the Hunley, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the Hunley complete its historic journey home, have spearheaded fundraising for the recovery and conservation. Major funding has also been provided by the Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program and the State of South Carolina.
 
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The <i>Hunley</i> Recovery Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2017
2. The Hunley Recovery Project Marker
View of a display from the marker showing the excavation to expose the top 1/3 of the Hunley's hull.
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 45.534′ N, 79° 51.434′ W. Marker is in Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Middle Street west of Station 13 Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. This marker is located along a walkway that is on the grounds in back (between fort and waterfront) of Fort Moultrie, and it is part of a three marker display panel. Marker is in this post office area: Sullivans Island SC 29482, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Discovering the Hunley (here, next to this marker); H.L. Hunley Disappears (here, next to this marker); Cannon Row (a few steps from this marker); 1860 Flanking Caponniere (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Armament (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Civil War Defense of Sullivan's Island (within shouting distance of this marker); 13-Inch Seacoast Mortar (within shouting distance of this marker); 10-Inch Confederate Columbiad (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sullivan's Island.
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
The <i>Hunley</i> Recovery Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2017
3. The Hunley Recovery Project Marker
View of a display from the marker showing two pilings installed to provide base to support recovery truss.
The <i>Hunley</i> Recovery Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2017
4. The Hunley Recovery Project Marker
View of a display from the marker showing the act of a crane on the surface lowering the recovery truss over the Hunley.
The <i>Hunley</i> Recovery Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2017
5. The Hunley Recovery Project Marker
View of a display from the marker showing the recovery truss just before slings were attached around the Hunley hull.
The <i>Hunley</i> Recovery Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2017
6. The Hunley Recovery Project Marker
View of a display from the marker showing slings from the lift frame being wrapped around the hull.
The <i>Hunley</i> Recovery Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2017
7. The Hunley Recovery Project Marker
This marker was part of a three panel display, with each panel featuring some phase of the Hunley story.
The <i>Hunley</i> Recovery Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2017
8. The Hunley Recovery Project Marker
View of the three marker panel in relation to the nearby cannon row.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 21, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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