Thu 7/19/01
Unfortunately, they do not allow cameras in the area where the Hunley is resting. Before they opened her up, the reason they gave was because the crew was still inside. Now, they don't give the reason, but it's easy to figure out. I can't find fault with their rules, but I find the somewhat obvious misinformation being told about the boat and the discoveries being made a bit disquieting.

Outside the lab itself are a lot of interesting items including the set used in the film as well as what appears to be drawings of the Hunley's construction. Close inspection will tell you the drawings are for the set and not the real thing however.

A large screen, live image of the Hunley's interior is set up in this area as well. This will be the best view of the interior you will have and cameras ARE allowed. I would have had some pictures of it to put up, but my digital camera decided that was the time to go belly up.

Be sure to ask the volunteers to see the items apparently made by stereo lithography from some of the smaller artifacts they discovered (buttons, and that sort of thing).

Someday, the Hunley will be on display so everyone can experience her with all of the information about her accurate and truthful, but now she's still in the process of giving up her secrets and just to be within 15 feet of her is a thrill, knowing undiscovered knowledge still rests within her.

Sorry for the emotional lapse, but I'm positive you will find the time you spend there memorable.   hunley_bar []


Fri 7/20/01

>large screen, live image of the Hunley's interior...

Is this the old underwater camera hijacked from the web cam page, actually giving an interior view, or the one from above looking inside? I've been pretty disappointed with the member page recently. I think they put the old photos there and pulled the old public excavation pages to give members something not available to everyone, but the result was actually a loss of information because the photos have no context or explanation.

>do not allow cameras ... crew was still inside...

Actually, as I remember it cameras were permitted originally but then someone dropped a camera or camera battery in the tank, that had to be retrieved.

>obvious disinformation...

There are one or two political issues that color things, but much of the opinions floating in the press appear to me to be someone lobbying a theory. (It doesn't help that he is also a politician.) I don't think there is any archaeology going on, although the forensics folk must be working. I do expect we'll get a good representation of the truth eventually... but we may need to wait for Mark Ragan's next book.

>emotional lapse ... time you spend there memorable...

My wife and I drove from upstate New York to Charleston to see the Hunley last Christmas week. We were lucky to have a small group size (about 15 folk) compared to those that followed us, which were about twice as big. Also Harry Pecorelli, the diver and archaeologist came in at the same time conducting a tour for two people and we were able to eavesdrop on his explanations for a few minutes. The talks provided by the volunteers were mostly good, but not 100% accurate. Overall the experience was worth the 1400 mile round trip. It was a real thrill to stand above the tank just a few feet from the Hunley, as you relate. (The added benefit was Charleston where we spent about four days - not enough.)

Michael     jvnautilus []

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