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The resulting explosion that sent Housatonic with five crew members to the bottom of Charleston Harbor also sank Hunley with its crew of eight. H.L. Hunley earned a place in the history of undersea warfare as the first submarine to sink a ship in wartime.
LT. GEORGE DIXON AND THE THIRD CREW
Lieutenant George E. Dixon
Corporal J. F. Carlsen
James A. Wicks
For a longtime, little was known about members of the final Hunley crew. Since the Hunley was a venture with close ties to the Confederate Secret Service, many records were intentionally destroyed at the end of war to protect the identities of those involved. In 2001, forensic genealogist Linda Abrams began a massive research project to discover as much as possible about the group of submarine pioneers that navigated the Hunley into world history. Her research coupled with the archeological and forensic data is allowing new details about the crew to emerge.
Originally posted by psyopswatcher
And why is it taken six years to tell us the hatch was FOUND open?
I voted yes for this submission because we followed the discovery very closely back then.
That's eight, including the skipper.
...an animal rib from either a cow or hog was found inside the tail section of the submarine which was washed into the site after the sinking of the vessel. It became lodged inside the tail section through the three-foot hole in the rear starboard section.
While this bone is not related to the crew of the Hunley, it is in good condition considering it was exposed to elements.