THE NEW BREECH INLET BRIDGE TO BE CALLED THE H. L. HUNLEY BRIDGE.
Here is a copy of the Resolution to name the Breech Inlet Bridge between Sullivans Island and the Isle of Palms to the H. L. Hunley Bridge. Horace Lawson Hunley was one of the investors and became a part of the original group of builders known as the Singer Submarine Corps., (aka Singerís Secret Service Corps., Singerís Torpedo Corp., and The Singer Submarine Corps.)
ďAlthough the submarine was seized by the Confederate military, it was still owned by the Singer Submarine Corps., who received a substantial bounty for their efforts from the Confederate Government."
During trial runs, the submarine known as the "Fish" boat sank with Horace L. Hunley acting as Captain. The submarine was raised and renamed the Confederate States Ship Hunley despite request that it be turned back over to the civilians.
The following resolution should be corrected to state that eight brave men died on board as opposed to nine. Let this history be recorded properly, including the proper date of its first discovery.
April 24, 2002
Introduced by Reps. Campsen, Altman, Bingham, R. Brown, Chellis, Cooper, Dantzler, Fleming, Harrell, Limehouse, Merrill, Quinn, Scarborough, Simrill, G.M. Smith, Whatley and Whipper
S. Printed 4/24/02--H.
Read the first time April 4, 2002.
THE COMMITTEE ON
INVITATIONS AND MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS
To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (H. 5026) to request that the Department of Transportation name the bridge, currently under construction, that spans Breach Inlet between Sullivan's Island and the Isle of Palms in Charleston County on South Carolina, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
RONALD N. FLEMING for Committee.
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
TO REQUEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NAME THE BRIDGE, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION, THAT SPANS BREACH INLET BETWEEN SULLIVAN'S ISLAND AND THE ISLE OF PALMS IN CHARLESTON COUNTY ON SOUTH CAROLINA HIGHWAY 703 THE H. L. HUNLEY BRIDGE AND INSTALL APPROPRIATE SIGNS OR MARKERS, SO THAT AS THE PUBLIC PASSES, THEY WILL REMEMBER THE SUBMARINE, THE H. L. HUNLEY AND THE NINE BRAVE CREW MEN WHO DIED ON BOARD.
Whereas, The H.L. Hunley was stationed in the protected waters behind Sullivan's Island under the protection of the Confederate Fort known as Battery Marshall, which was located at the northern end of Sullivan's Island right on Breach Inlet; and
Whereas, Breach Inlet is a narrow inlet that separates the Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island and is two or three hundred yards wide at it narrowest point. There are often severe tidal currents through the inlet. The crew of the Hunley had to navigate and force their way through the currents of the inlet on their attempts to attack the federal fleet. This war vessel had no periscope, so it had to halt from time-to-time, for a member of the crew to open one of its ports and look out to see if it was still headed in the right direction; and
Whereas, a watchman on the shore saw the Hunley shine a blue light, signaling its victory and impending return; however, the submarine disappeared off the shore of Sullivan's Island and was never seen again; and
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, request that the Department of Transportation name the bridge, currently under construction, that spans Breach Inlet between Sullivan's Island and the Isle of Palms in Charleston County on South Carolina Highway 703 The H.L. Hunley Bridge and install appropriate signs or markers, so that as the public passes, they will remember the submarine, The H.L. Hunley, and the nine brave crew men who died on board.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
Introduced by Representatives:.
Representative George E. "Chip" Campsen
Representative J. Seth Whipper