The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sits in a conservation tank after a steel truss that had surrounded it was removed in this 2012 file photo, taken at a conservation lab in North Charleston, S.C. Monday was the 150th anniversary of the attack in which the Hunley sank the Union blockade ship Housatonic off Charleston, S.C., during the Civil War, becoming the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Monday, February 17th, 2014
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CHARLESTON, S.C. — On a clear, moonlit night 150 years ago, the hand-cranked Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley glided out over glassy seas off South Carolina, sailing into history as the first submarine ever to sink an enemy warship.