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The history of the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley is as astonishing as its disappearance. On February 17, 1864, after a legendary encounter with a Union battleship, the iron “fish boat” vanished without a trace somewhere off the coast of South Carolina. For more than a century the fate of the Hunley remained one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Civil War. Then, o The history of the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley is as astonishing as its disappearance. On February 17, 1864, after a legendary encounter with a Union battleship, the iron “fish boat” vanished without a trace somewhere off the coast of South Carolina. For more than a century the fate of the Hunley remained one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Civil War. Then, on August 8, 2000, with thousands of spectators crowding Charleston Harbor, the Hunley was raised from the bottom of the sea and towed ashore. Now, award-winning journalists Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropf offer new insights into the Hunley’s final hours and recount the amazing true story of its rescue. The brainchild of wealthy New Orleans planter and lawyer Horace Lawson Hunley, the Hunley inspired tremendous hopes of breaking the Union’s naval blockade of Charleston, only to drown two crews on disastrous test runs. But on the night of February 17, 1864, the Hunley finally made good on its promise. Under the command of the heroic Lieutenant George E. Dixon, the sub rammed a spar torpedo into the Union sloop Housatonic and sank the ship within minutes, accomplishing a feat of stealth technology that would not be repeated for half a century. And then, shortly after its stunning success, the Hunley vanished. This book is an extraordinary true story peopled with a fascinating cast of characters, including Horace Hunley himself, the Union officers and crew who went down with the Housatonic, P. T. Barnum, who offered $100,000 for its recovery, and novelist Clive Cussler, who spearheaded the mission that finally succeeded in finding the Hunley. The drama of salvaging the sub is only the prelude to a page-turning account of how scientists unsealed this archaeological treasure chest and discovered the inner-workings of a submarine more technologically advanced than anyone expected, as well as numerous, priceless artifacts. Hicks and Kropf have crafted a spellbinding adventure story that spans over a century of American history. Dramatically told, filled with historical details and contemporary color, illustrated with breathtaking original photographs, Raising the Hunley is one of the most fascinating Civil War books to appear in years. From the Hardcover edition.

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The history of the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley is as astonishing as its disappearance. On February 17, 1864, after a legendary encounter with a Union battleship, the iron “fish boat” vanished without a trace somewhere off the coast of South Carolina. For more than a century the fate of the Hunley remained one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Civil War. Then, o The history of the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley is as astonishing as its disappearance. On February 17, 1864, after a legendary encounter with a Union battleship, the iron “fish boat” vanished without a trace somewhere off the coast of South Carolina. For more than a century the fate of the Hunley remained one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Civil War. Then, on August 8, 2000, with thousands of spectators crowding Charleston Harbor, the Hunley was raised from the bottom of the sea and towed ashore. Now, award-winning journalists Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropf offer new insights into the Hunley’s final hours and recount the amazing true story of its rescue. The brainchild of wealthy New Orleans planter and lawyer Horace Lawson Hunley, the Hunley inspired tremendous hopes of breaking the Union’s naval blockade of Charleston, only to drown two crews on disastrous test runs. But on the night of February 17, 1864, the Hunley finally made good on its promise. Under the command of the heroic Lieutenant George E. Dixon, the sub rammed a spar torpedo into the Union sloop Housatonic and sank the ship within minutes, accomplishing a feat of stealth technology that would not be repeated for half a century. And then, shortly after its stunning success, the Hunley vanished. This book is an extraordinary true story peopled with a fascinating cast of characters, including Horace Hunley himself, the Union officers and crew who went down with the Housatonic, P. T. Barnum, who offered $100,000 for its recovery, and novelist Clive Cussler, who spearheaded the mission that finally succeeded in finding the Hunley. The drama of salvaging the sub is only the prelude to a page-turning account of how scientists unsealed this archaeological treasure chest and discovered the inner-workings of a submarine more technologically advanced than anyone expected, as well as numerous, priceless artifacts. Hicks and Kropf have crafted a spellbinding adventure story that spans over a century of American history. Dramatically told, filled with historical details and contemporary color, illustrated with breathtaking original photographs, Raising the Hunley is one of the most fascinating Civil War books to appear in years. From the Hardcover edition.

30 review for Raising the Hunley: The Remarkable History and Recovery of the Lost Confederate Submarine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sy De Witt

    I started this book on the flight to Miami on Saturday, August 25, 2012 and thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac, finished it on Sunday, August 26th. Given my interest in the Civil War, in the narrative the author mentioned many names of persons and places with which I was very familiar. I was surprised (but shouldn't have been) at the clashes of egos over the search for the missing "fish boat" and subsequently for which state would benefit from its raising and ultimately get to keep it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leona Carstairs

    A couple years ago I was obsessed with the Hunley, the idea of a submarine from the Civil War that had sunk was so fascinating to me. I checked out all the books about the Hunley from the library that I could find, and this was one of the them. It's a really interesting book, about recovering it and also about its history.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elliott

    Not only is it a good account of the Hunley, but it really picks up some great accounts of the people who found it or looked into it. I think specifically of the man who came across it but wouldn't reveal it's location for a while, and also the historical detective type lady known as Goldfinger.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    A remarkable story of human determination, ingenuity, and courage. To me the most incredible part of the story is this: the submarine's first test crew drowned with it. It was raised. The second test crew drowned in it. It was raised. It's THIRD crew went to sea, mounted a successful attack on a Union warship, and drowned. If you're ever in Charleston, it's worth a visit! https://hunley.org/

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pj Anderer

    A tale of the first true submarine, reading this combined with a few other events in my life sparked a renewed interest in archaeology.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    I gave this book, and a model kit of the Hunley, to my father-in-law a few years ago for Christmas. While staying with my in-laws recently, I needed a book to read and noticed that Raising the Hunley was still there, so I grabbed it. In theory, it's the kind of book I should really enjoy. Though I'm not at all a Civil War buff, I do enjoy reading interesting accounts of history, and I've always had an interest in archaeology. Unfortunately, the book doesn't work very well. The main problem is th I gave this book, and a model kit of the Hunley, to my father-in-law a few years ago for Christmas. While staying with my in-laws recently, I needed a book to read and noticed that Raising the Hunley was still there, so I grabbed it. In theory, it's the kind of book I should really enjoy. Though I'm not at all a Civil War buff, I do enjoy reading interesting accounts of history, and I've always had an interest in archaeology. Unfortunately, the book doesn't work very well. The main problem is that I felt the story the authors were telling--about "the world's first attack submarine, lost for over 100 years on the bottom of the sea"--was almost a non-story (sometimes amusingly so). The authors (both journalists) use hyperbolic verbiage throughout the book, in order to convince the reader (and maybe themselves?) that what they're writing about is one of the greatest things in the history of the world. I just never bought into the significance of the Hunley. It was an early submarine, which sank twice before going on its first mission, and then on the first mission it sank one blockading Union ship before sinking itself, for the final time. After that, it was lost in the sea until 1995, when Clive Cussler's NUMA organization found it. In 2000 the Hunley was raised, and it is now undergoing study. Hicks and Kropf frantically reach for any tangential details that will fill out the historical background, and then explain the process of location and raising. The preservation and research is ongoing even now, so this account from 2002 gives only the very beginning of what researchers hope to accomplish through the study. The discovery of the Hunley was contested, with one diver claiming very strongly that he found it before NUMA did. Other people also had problems working with NUMA. But because the authors are in awe of Clive Cussler (they refer to him as "His Authorship"; please...), Cussler and NUMA can do no wrong in this version of the story. All their reporting may be accurate, but the obvious reverence for Cussler gives an air of bias that I sometimes found uncomfortable. The insert section of photos is not very good, but there are many more photos on the Hunley website. I think just reading that website (though it's not the smoothest site ever, and it doesn't appear to be updated very often) would be better than reading Hicks and Kopf's book. It's an interesting story to know about, but I didn't think it was worth an entire book; or, if it does deserve a book, it deserves better authors.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Interesting book. I was especially surprised to learn that they still don't have all the answers about the H. L. Hunley. Just this past January they found more data about it, and there may be more to come. They still have not removed the layer of concretion from the hull. This is an ongoing endeavor. I thought this book was a nice balance of Civil War era naval warfare, and modern day shipwreck discovery and archaeology. Several photos were included in the historical portions of the text, but the Interesting book. I was especially surprised to learn that they still don't have all the answers about the H. L. Hunley. Just this past January they found more data about it, and there may be more to come. They still have not removed the layer of concretion from the hull. This is an ongoing endeavor. I thought this book was a nice balance of Civil War era naval warfare, and modern day shipwreck discovery and archaeology. Several photos were included in the historical portions of the text, but there were no photos of the archaeological project surrounding the Hunley. I guess that's ok. Nine men were entombed in the sub, after all. A little respect is good. There were parts of the book where I felt like the authors were letting their personal feelings about some of the contemporary individuals involved with the location of this wreck shine through. I felt the clear hot and cold toward individuals detracted from the story of the sub a bit. Still, this is a book worth reading if you like Civil War history, or stories about shipwreck discovery and archaeology.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Mildly interesting: I'd heard of the Civil War era Hunley (the 1st submarine in history to successfully torpedo a ship) but hadn't realized that when it sank after its success that it was actually the 3rd time it had gone down, killing its crew. It made the bravery (or desperation) of the volunteer crew all the more remarkable. I listened to this as an audiobook, and didn't realize that it was so old (from 2002). When the book was published they had come to no conclusion as to what ultimately ki Mildly interesting: I'd heard of the Civil War era Hunley (the 1st submarine in history to successfully torpedo a ship) but hadn't realized that when it sank after its success that it was actually the 3rd time it had gone down, killing its crew. It made the bravery (or desperation) of the volunteer crew all the more remarkable. I listened to this as an audiobook, and didn't realize that it was so old (from 2002). When the book was published they had come to no conclusion as to what ultimately killed the crew: it would be interesting to hear what the scientists have discovered in the past 12 years.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    I would not normally pick up this genre of book but glad I did. Not being a Civil War buff I was a little confused when it jumped around different periods of history. I was surprised that the people who invented and built the Hunley were able to find so many willing volunteers to man it. Especially with it's history or prior sinkings. It just goes to show the dedication of the confederates to win at all costs. I admired the people who raised it up and are restoring it. I can't imagine going into I would not normally pick up this genre of book but glad I did. Not being a Civil War buff I was a little confused when it jumped around different periods of history. I was surprised that the people who invented and built the Hunley were able to find so many willing volunteers to man it. Especially with it's history or prior sinkings. It just goes to show the dedication of the confederates to win at all costs. I admired the people who raised it up and are restoring it. I can't imagine going into the sub with all the muck and carefully mapping and extracting the bones. But I know it had to be done. I would recommend it to anyone, not just Civil War fans.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Josh Stottman

    This was such a cool book, with the history of the HL Hunley (whose namesake was born in Sumner County TN BTW) and the subsequent decades of trying to find it, and then raising it from the bottom and the painstaking excavation, all culminating to make this one of the most interesting reads in a long time.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David R.

    A brisk and fascinating account of the building, loss and recovery of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley. The authors are fixtures in South Carolina journalism and have a good feel for a story that keeps the pages turning. There's also nice sensitivity to the process of archaeology: this is not a "treasure hunter" book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    I really enjoyed this and would recommend it to any student of history, the U.S. Civil War, or if you're a fan of shipwrecks. The book takes you through the history of the Hunley itself, during the Civil War, and then the decades, actually century long search to recover it. Both stories are interesting and remarkable. Highly recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Carruth

    A combination of civil War history, overview of the development of the submarine service and Clive Cussler adventure, he even plays a pivotal part in the hunt for the C.S.S Hunley.The only gold found is a twenty dollar gold piece but that one artifact makes the entire search worthwhile.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Todd Stockslager

    Straightforward account of the history of the first submarine used in a wartime attack, and the story of its recovery 135 years later after it disappeared following its one and only mission. Great history, OK writing. Co-author Hicks, Brian

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eugene Abbey

    Well written and a really fascinating look at a piece of civil war history that I did not know much about until I read this book. I highly recommend it for civil war buffs.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kittrell Rushing

    Very readable - which is appropriate because the author is an excellent journalist

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    I couldn't finish this one. Just couldn't arouse the interest.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I lived in Charleston, SC for a year, and most of this book takes place there, so it was good to hear about the history of a place that, aside the weather and the "smell", I enjoyed living.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dutchess

    read ing this book as part of a class assignment, but unexpectantly, I am enjoying this book. its very entertaing

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    just saw that this is abridged, explains the occasional choppiness/flatness of the writing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  22. 5 out of 5

    Scott Gardner

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mel

  24. 5 out of 5

    Burch

  25. 5 out of 5

    KittyKatMom

  26. 4 out of 5

    Spenser

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fernando E.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jamal

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dale

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