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The Hunley
The Hunley
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By Mark K Ragan-- During the fall and winter of 1863-1864, a small iron submarine prowled the waters outside Charleston Harbor.  Operating at night with only a single candle to illuminate its crude depth gauge and compass, it was not uncommon for this hand-cranked submarine to venture six or seven miles out to sea in search of an enemy warship.  On the night of February 17, 1864, the Confederate torpedo boat, H. L. Hunley, became the first submarine to sink an enemy ship.  It was a feat that would not be repeated until World War I, over fifty years later.  After more than a decade of research at the National Archives and other repositories in the South and Mid Atlantic, Mark Ragan has put together an exhaustive work on the CSS H. L. Hunley.  The narrative begins in the small machine shop in Mobile, Alabama, where the Hunley was conceived. It ends with the vessel's recovery from her century-old gravesite on the ocean floor and the return to land of her final crew.  This volume contains photographs and documents gathered from private and public archives around the United States and brings the reader up to date on the history of the vessel. Soft cover, 362 pages.