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UPDATE:

Hunley viewing tickets have sold out again
     All the tickets for extended times and days to view the Confederate submarine Hunley have sold out.
     Friends of the Hunley officials report that more than 4,000 tickets sold out in eight hours.
     Officials may add extra times in December depending on the results of tests to determine the sub's condition in its holding tank at the Warren Lasch Conservation Lab in North Charleston.

 

More Hunley tours set

 

Thursday, October 19, 2000

By SCHUYLER KROPF
Of The Post and Courier staff

 


     Now you'll be able to eat your Thanksgiving turkey and see the Confederate submarine Hunley in the same weekend.
     Officials announced Wednesday that tours of the sub will be extended for at least two more weekends in November, including the high-profile Thanksgiving holiday.
     Tickets go on sale Oct. 26.
     Also, the number of people allowed on each 20-minute tour will increase from 30 to 40 at a time meaning hundreds more will get a glimpse.
     The extra spaces will be available beginning Oct. 28.
     The announcement came after last weekend's public viewing at the Hunley conservation lab in North Charleston went smoothly, and interest in the world's first successful attack sub remains high.
     Ticket prices remain at $10 each.
     There's also a chance the tours could extend into December. But that depends on how the sub is holding up.
     If tests show the corrosion rate and presence of oxygen inside the sub are safe and that no artifacts inside are in danger of deteriorating, the tours will continue, said Warren Lasch, chairman of Friends of the Hunley.
     But if the sub is at risk, archaeologists hope to enter it by Nov. 26, at which time tours will be suspended until spring, he said.
     The decision on extending the tours won't be made until mid-November.
     Tickets for new tour dates will be available only via Internet or telephone. But there are some tickets available for currently scheduled tours that buyers had overbooked.
     The sub sailed into history in 1864 when it sank the Union blockade ship Housatonic. The Hunley never returned.
    
TOURS
     Oct. 21-22
     Oct. 28-29
     Nov. 4-5
     Nov. 11-12
     Nov. 18-19
     Nov. 24-26 (includes Friday of the Thanksgiving weekend)
     Tickets available at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 through ETIX, toll-free at 1-888-202-ETIX (3749) or on the Internet at www.etix.com
    
    

 


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