17 February 2014

The Hunley Sinking 150 Years Ago Today

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.)

Interesting story here about the Hunley and one here about the crew of the Hunley. 

And if you've never seen TNT's' "The Hunley" it's worth the time. 


"In a submarine the called the Hunley, they fought to save their home."

8 comments:

RightsideVA said...

I always found the story of the Hunley very interesting and followed the raising of the wreck when I was living in the Florida Keys. It is very special to be part of the history or to be there to discover history as it happens. I had the opportunity to dive on and work the Spanish Galleon wreck Senora de Atocha that went down in a hurricane in 1622. It was incredible to hold a silver or gold coin in your hand as you brought it to the surface after 378 years. Someday I hope to visit the Hunley ...

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

RSV - That's very interesting. I'm sure you're familiar with the work of Greg Stemm and the Odyssey?

RightsideVA said...

There is amazing treasure still out there in deep water but for how long? 2 decades ago we just "Found" the Titanic and now we have the ability to do so much more. Even in the shallow diving we do we continue to make impressive finds and always looking for a new spot. Waiting for snow to melt and need to continue the search for a good bottle digging spot...

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

RSV - do you do any pit-digging on dry land?

RightsideVA said...

Have not found a good one yet in this area. I have one or two in NJ still working but up there dumps were more concentrated. Hoping to find something here this spring and great way to get more people interested in the history & our bottle club....
Any ideas?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I may have some possibilities coming up this year. If so, I'll contact you. I don't have a lot of experience for dump/digging, but would like to get into that and the bottle type digging more.

Marsha Harrell said...

2/17/14 was a beautiful Memorial Service on Sullivans Island, SC for the men that lost their lives on the H.L. Hunley and the USS Housatonic. They would be proud. Stan Clardy who wrote "Hunley Shine On" did a wonderful job singing it. The Memorial Service was outstanding with North and South coming together under one roof to honor brave men.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Marsha - sounds interesting. Wish I could have been there.