Friends of the Hunley

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Basic Information

Address: 1250 Supply Street North Charleston, South Carolina 29405
Phone Number: 843-743-4865
Director: Kellen Correia

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Additional Information

Days and Hours: Group Tours M-F / 9-3:30 / BY RESERVATION ONLY

The Hunley embodies several disiplines relivent to today's world.

  • A team of scientists are using the latest technology to conserve the Hunley for future generations.
  • It was a marvel of engineering.
  • The sleek lines are pleasing to the eye and many call the Hunley a work of art.
  • The Hunley has a timeless story of human drama, innovation and bravery
  • Encompasses STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

The night of February 17th, 1864, the Civil War submarine H. L. Hunley attacked and sank the USS Housatonic off the coast of Charleston. She then mysteriously vanished with her crew of eight. That night, history was made and a mystery was born. The Hunley became the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship. But why had she suddenly disappeared? What caused her to sink? And would she ever be found? Lost at sea for over a century, the Hunley was located in 1995 by author Clive Cussler and raised on August 8th, 2000. The innovative hand-cranked vessel was delivered to the Warren Lasch Conservation Center, where an international team of scientists are at work to conserve the submarine for future generations and piece together clues to solve the mystery of her disappearance.

The Hunley Project is conducted through a partnership with Friends of the Hunley, the South Carolina Hunley Commission, Clemson University Restoration Institute, Naval History and Heritage Command, and the Charleston Naval Complex Redevelopment Authority.

Grade Levels:
Disabled Access:

Stairs are required to ascend the viewing platform to see the Hunley.

Program Type:

Friends of the Hunley is a non-profit organization responsible for public education regarding the Hunley and rasing funds to contiue the ongoing conseravtion.The facility inclues many eduational, interactive and video displays for visitors of all ages. A volunteer tour guide will lead groups to the viewing platform to see the Hunley and relate the story of her construction, wartime use, recovery and conservation.

Tour guides will adjust their story presentation to the age and intrests of each group.  


Accreditation: 501(c)3 non-profit organization
Admission/Tickets: Week day group tours have a minimum charge for 20 guests. Children's price is $8.00 ea
Length of Visit: 90 minutes
Student/Staff Ratio: 40 guests per each guide
Max. Group Number: We can accommodate larger groups. Over 100 will need special considerations
Group Requirements: Single form of payment for all guests. Pay day of tour. Agree to behavior form.
Return Policy: Cancellation 48 hrs in advance required
Exhibits: The Hunley is a 40 ft long, 7 ton hand-cranked submarine in a 70,000 gallon tank of fluid viewable from a platform behind a glass wall. Several displays. Many of them "hands-on" and interactive. Seven videos. Science oriented displays about the conservation of the Hunley and items found with-in Displays dedicated to the search and recovery of the Hunley Background on the role Charleston Harbor played in the Civil War Short animated film Forensic reconstructions of the crew members Photographs of organic and inorganic artifacts recovered from inside the Hunley Life-size scale model students may enter and try hand cranks Canon from the historically significant ship CSS Alabama - also conserved at the Hunley lab Displays about the geology and striations of sediment in which the Hunley was discovered Information on the type of technology used in the conservation Scale models of the Hunley Replicas of period uniforms are on display Guests are encouraged to decide how the Hunley sunk from information available in the guided tours and displays. Gold coin, ring and broach recovered from the Hunley
Gift Shop/Factory Outlet: Gift shop
Amenities: Free, easy and plentiful parking. Soda machine, Restrooms.
Videos/DVDs Shown: Videos are incorporated into displays and include: Discovery of gold coin Conservation process Crew Identification Recovery of the Hunley Excavation of artifacts and sediment from inside the submarine Funeral procession of the crew
Reservations Needed: Reservations Required Email for availibilty

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Nearby Attractions: 10 - 20 minutes from downtown Charleston and dozens of historic sites.
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