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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (78 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Hicks, Schuyler Kropf Narrator: Harry Chase Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On a brutally cold night in February 1864, all seemed calm off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. But beneath the placid surface of the sea, a Confederate submarine named the H. L. Hunley was about to attack the USS Housatonic, the Union Navy’s largest warship. The sub plunged a 135-pound torpedo into the Houstonic’s stern, sinking it within three minutes and becoming the first submarine to sink a ship in battle. Lieutenant George Dixon and his crew signaled their victory to their Rebel compatriots on Sullivan’s Island and steamed toward shore and a heroes’ welcome. Sadly, their triumph was short-lived: For reasons that remain mysterious, the H. L. Hunley abruptly disappeared.

But not, it turns out, forever. Though treasure-hunters had searched for the sub since the Civil War, it remained undisturbed for 136 years. Aided with newly-developed technologies, a team of divers bankrolled by novelist Clive Cussler found the Hunley in 1995.

As described by the authors of The H. L. Hunley, the sub’s discovery and subsequent recovery have revealed a veritable treasure trove of human-interest anecdotes and solutions to decades-old mysteries.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robert Kaufman | 8/4/2013

    " Very good account of a time before subs were fully developed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christopher | 5/31/2013

    " I couldn't finish this one. Just couldn't arouse the interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bonnie Carruth | 8/18/2012

    " A combination of civil War history, overview of the development of the submarine service and Clive Cussler adventure, he even plays a pivotal part in the hunt for the C.S.S Hunley.The only gold found is a twenty dollar gold piece but that one artifact makes the entire search worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elliott | 5/21/2012

    " Not only is it a good account of the Hunley, but it really picks up some great accounts of the people who found it or looked into it. I think specifically of the man who came across it but wouldn't reveal it's location for a while, and also the historical detective type lady known as Goldfinger. "

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About the Author

Brian Hicks is a senior writer for the Post and Courier in Charleston, and he is also the author of Into the Wind, among other books. He has received numerous journalism awards, including South Carolina Press Journalism of the Year honor. He lives in Charleston.