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H. L. Hunley Becomes First Submarine to Sink an Enemy Warship (1864) Options
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H. L. Hunley Becomes First Submarine to Sink an Enemy Warship (1864)

The US Civil War-era submarine Hunley required an eight-man crew—seven to power the propeller with a hand-crank and one to steer. Within months of its launch, the Confederate sub had sunk and been salvaged twice, taking the lives of five crewmen the first time and the entire crew the second. Manned with a new crew, Hunley became the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, yet the achievement was marred when the sub itself sank, killing all aboard yet again. When was it recovered? More...
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H. L. Hunley Becomes First Submarine to Sink an Enemy Warship (1864)
The US Civil War-era submarine Hunley required an eight-man crew—seven to power the propeller with a hand-crank and one to steer. Within months of its launch, the Confederate sub had sunk and been salvaged twice, taking the lives of five crewmen the first time and the entire crew the second. Manned with a new crew, Hunley became the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, yet the achievement was marred when the sub itself sank, killing all aboard yet again.
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Almost unbelievable for the period!
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H. L. Hunley (submarine)
- Confederates were full of tricks! They had small missiles made of wood and propelled by a very compressed cotton version of fuel that was able to deflagrate a great deal of thrust and carry a small warhead on the top of the apparatus.
- They used this earlier version of a submarine that was able to carry itself a bomb with enough power to create a significant hole in a wooden ship that would sink it very fast.
- Actually, this particular device was responsible for having sunk one vessel back that time which represented an enormous game changer for Navy's Force.
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