This is the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, which was the first sub to sink an enemy ship in combat. The ship did so in 1864, but failed to return to port. Eggheads are trying to find out why.
Scientists at Clemson University’s Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston are set to publish their findings today on why the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship perished along with its target in the waters off South Carolina in 1864.
Speculation around the loss of the revolutionary submarine centers on the very explosives it planted on the Union blockade ship USS Housatonic.
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