And more surprises may be in store. "Obviously there is more work to be done," said Senior Archaeologist Maria Jacobsen. "We hope to find an inscription on the inside of the back case." Such a discovery would add to the legend of the man who went to war carrying diamond jewelry and a lifesaving good luck coin from a sweetheart at home.
The Hunley lay undisturbed in waters off South Carolina until May 1995 when a salvage team funded by author Clive Cussler located the wreck. The 40-foot-long (12-meter) hull was raised in 2000 and is currently located at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in Charleston, S.C., where research continues and public tours are available. All proceeds go to support the Hunley conservation and excavation project. To purchase tickets call toll free (877) 4HUNLEY (448-6539) or log onto the Internet at www.etix.com.
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