May 24,2001

For the first time the public will be able to see inside the H. L. Hunley submarine.

The Friends of the Hunley and the Hunley Commission are pleased to announce a tour schedule of the submarine at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center. Since January, the public has not been able to see the sub in person due to the excavation. A new and exciting feature about the tours is that the public will actually be able to see inside the submarine. Four hull plates were removed during the excavation, and the public will be able to get a look and feel of what the nine-man crew went through during their journey. Pictures of some of the treasured artifacts from the H. L. Hunley will also be displayed. "It is a chance to see the ultimate story of sacrifice and duty. It is the submarine that will speak to you. It is the grand mama of all modern submarines, which speaks silently to its viewers. Enjoying these tours help us with the growing support of our volunteers to preserve the Hunley for generations to come," said Senator Glenn McConnell, Chairman of the Hunley Commission on. "I would encourage the public to not only come and view the Hunley but also see pictures and descriptions of some of the artifacts first hand. Now that we have recovered Lt. George Dixon and his lantern and other significant artifacts the public can not only see inside the Hunley, they can see what was in it," said Warren Lasch, Chairman of the Friends of the Hunley.

The new tour schedule will be on weekends-only, starting June 16th and running through September 3rd.

TOUR DATES - June 16 & 17 - June 23 & 24 - June 30 & July 1 - July 5,6,7 & 8 - July 14 & 15 - July 21 & 22 - July 28 & 29 - August 4 & 5 - August 11 & 12 - August 18 & 19 - August 25 & 26 - September 1 & 2

Times for the tours are Saturdays from 9:00 a. m. to 5:20 p. m. and on Sundays from 12:00 to 7:40 p. m. Tickets will go on sale at 8:00 a.m. Friday, May 25th. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased on the Internet at or by calling a toll free number, 1-866-866-9938. Phone lines will be open from 8:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. seven days a week. You can purchase tickets on-line 24 hours a day. There will be a $3.00 service charge for orders made by phone and a $2.00 service charge for orders made on the Internet.

The video tours of the H. L. Hunley will continue at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center. These tours are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are $5.00 at the door and do not need to be pre-ordered. The video tours do not include the submarine.


The Hunley project has been made possible in part through the generous support of the National Geographic Society.



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