Civil War Sub: The Mystery of the Hunley: The Mystery of the Hunley (Penguin Young Readers, Level 4)

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While they were inside, the captain stood with his head in the front conning tower navigating and working the lever that moved the rudder, and the rest of the crew sat shoulder to shoulder on a narrow wooden bench that extended along the side of the curved wall and bent over a series of connected hand cranks that ran the length of the fish boat. These seven men were the motive power of the boat. Hunley inboard profile and plan drawings, after sketches by W.

Alexander, who directed her construction. Hunley midships section drawing, after sketches by W. They wanted to make money. The harbor was being blockaded by the Union fleet. Blockade running ships were fewer and further between and Charleston--the entire Confederacy, in fact--were being choked off from world commerce. Beauregard loved audacious plans. What could be more audacious than using a secret fish boat to blow up Union vessels to destroy the blockade?

The boat was transported to Charleston via rail and once it arrived, the crew of eight began sea trials to learn how the boat worked.

Civil War Sub: The Mystery of the Hunley

Only two weeks after the move, the fish boat sank as water entered its open hatches as it was leaving port. Only three of its crew survived. The boat was raised by divers in hard helmets and diving suits, cleaned and returned to service. This time, the handpicked crew would be led by Horace Hunley himself and he officially christened the submarine the H. He was sure that the first sinking was caused because of the incompetence of the crew and commander who were unfamiliar with the submarine.

Civil War Sub: the Mystery of the Hunley (Penguin Young Readers, Level 4)

Somehow the crew left open one of the valves that let water into the ballast tank and the boat flooded. All eight men on board died. One of those men was Horace Hunley. He had been working on it since his regiment, the 21st Alabama, had been reorganized and sent to Mobile for the defense of the city.


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He was lucky. And he knew the Hunley better than anyone else. Dixon convinced Beauregard to let him have one more shot at making the Hunley successful. He was persuasive, and Beauregard got him released from his unit to captain the Hunley. Finally, the weather cooperated, the crew was ready and Dixon had his target in sight. His plan was to ram the torpedo which was at the end of a spar that extended from the bow of the ship into the side of the Housatonic , then back away to a safe distance before detonation.

They would then show a blue light and the men on shore would answer by lighting a bonfire to guide them back home. At about pm, men standing watch on the deck of the Housatonic spotted something that looked like a submerged log moving slowly toward them. They reacted quickly, but the log continued on its approach.


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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. When choosing a book to teach my child history it's important to me that the book tells it as a narrative. This book is definitely "living" and makes history interesting.

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It's well written and keeps the attention of the reader to the end. Love American history. Recently read about the Hunley and wanted to share the story with my nephew. Great book for beginners.

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According to his dad he read it and reread several times. That tells me that he liked this book.

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