The archaeologists up to this point have been puzzled by not finding the control rods for the rudder. The rods were thought by earlier historical drawings to run along the ceiling of the submarine, but this week, archaeologists noted what appear to be two rods underneath the bench.
Much more excavation will have to be done before they can confirm that these are the control rods of the rudder.
"If these are truly the control rods, then this is another example of the technological advancement and ingenuity that continues to surprise everyone associated with the project," said Warren Lasch, chair of the Friends of the Hunley.
Used with permission of The Post and Courier and Charleston.Net