09 August 2010

The Mystery Of The Hunley

"A decade after the raising of the Confederate submarine Hunley off the South Carolina coast, the cause of the sinking of the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship remains a mystery. But scientists are edging closer."

More here.

Three of my daughters had the honor and privilege of singing at the ceremony honoring the Virginia member of the Hunley crew, Frank Collins, in March of 2004. The ceremony was held in the old House of Delegates chamber at the Virginia Capitol. (Image is of Frank Collins lying in state at the Richmond Capitol. Click image for larger view.)

7 comments:

13thBama said...

The wife and I just happened to be in Charleston the day they were buried (I believe that was the ceremony). We came upon a grassy area with cannons lined up and sat there until they were fired in succession. It was an awesome sight. One of my favorite t-shirts is the "Band of Brothers" shirt that shows the crew of the Hunley.

You have to honor men who, in the course of doing their duty, would willingly crew a craft that had already taken the lives of the previous crew.

Michael Bradley said...

The figures quoted in the article are interesting. Over half the cost of preservation, more than eleven million dollars, has been raised from private funds. The Hunley has generated over thirty million dollars in tourist revenue.

I wonder what other Civil War preservtion effort can match that record? Despite the negative comments which are made about the SCV and the UDC these groups have a passion for history and that passion is shared by a very large number of people.

13thBama said...

My reply to this wasn't bad... Did you overlook it?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Michael:

"Despite the negative comments which are made about the SCV and the UDC these groups have a passion for history and that passion is shared by a very large number of people."

You are so right about that. Were it not for the UDC, Lee Chapel would have been razed in the 1920's. Were it not for ladies who were close relatives of Confederate Veterans, the White House of the Confederacy would not be in existence today:

"The group was composed entirely of women, primarily Richmonders, who were the daughters, sisters and wives of Confederate veterans."

The list goes on and one. These mealy mouthed academic elites who constantly play armchair quarterback would have nothing to write about were it not for the early (and ongoing) efforts of groups like the SCV and UDC.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

13B - I don't think so. Was it the one posted or another?

msimons said...

Rest in Peace; Yea Sailors of the Deep.

13thBama said...

Ok, it posted. It just didnt show up until this morning.