|While it is being restored, the H.L. Hunley is kept in a massive holding tank|
in a huge warehouse-like building. (CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE.)
|Visitors may view the Hunley from behind Plexiglass.|
|The vessel is kept in a water and sodium hydroxide solution while it is being restored.|
|Eight members of the Hunley crew died in the sub's final voyage.|
|Tour exhibit of gold coin found among remains|
of a Hunley crew member.
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Raised in 2000, the nearly 40-foot long vessel is undergoing careful, and tedious, restoration in a massive tank of water and sodium hydroxide solution -- think Drano -- to help preserve the world's first attack submarine to sink a warship.
Want to visit? The Hunley is kept in a warehouse-like building about 10 miles north of historic downtown Charleston. Tours are available only on weekends, and adult admission is 16 bucks. You can view the Hunley from behind Plexiglass. In a small exhibit at the end of the tour, you'll find the "legendary" gold coin discovered with the remains of one of its unfortunate occupants. Its history is explained on a placard next to the coin display.
Visitors can also sit in a replica of the sub, slightly larger inside than the original, near the gift shop, where the usual assortment of T-shirts, sweatshirts and other Hunley souvenirs can be purchased. (Claustrophobics should avoid the replica sub.) We only imagine the bravery of the Hunley's eight-man crew existing in the ridiculously small space.