Mystery deaths of HL Hunley submarine crew solved

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Terrible way to go, but at 16 feet from la bomba - I can see why it happened.
 

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I remember when one of my favorite authors Clive Cussler, and his team, found the Hunley. He recounted the story in one of his non-fiction books. I also read this story about how it sank...I am still not convinced 100% that they have this correct but...I have not seen the wreck in person so, I guess I will have to go with their analysis. The Hunley had sunk several times before killing the crew members...man...those were some very brave men.
 

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Ahhhh...who found the Hunley? This is an interesting bit of drama.
Dr E. Lee Spence saw it in 1970 and published it's location in a couple of books.
Clive Cussler and NUMA went and 'found' it again and got the credit.

Or something like that...the stories are linked below

Discovery of the Hunley « Shipwrecks.com

Cussler ends lawsuit over finding Hunley | News | postandcourier.com

https://joeccombs2nd.com/2012/08/26/spence-vs-cussler-who-found-the-hunley/

and here is the official Hunley site: https://hunley.org/

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ropesfish - Thanks so much for giving our members and guests, more info on the Hunley!
It is an incredible relic of maritime warfare history - super neat!
I found images of Lt Dixon's "lucky" coin that he called " My Life Preserver"...!
Story goes during the battle of Shilo,
he took a minne ball in his leg, but the round hit this twenty-dollar gold coin - he survived that battle,
but when he volunteered for this special assignment, aboard the Hunley, the coin couldn't/didn't save him then...!

dixonface.jpg DixonRear.jpg
 

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