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Description of Pictures: The HL Hunley was a Confederate submarine, one of the military firsts of the Civil War. After a lot of trials and errors and fatalities, all of which the chief financier Hunley blamed on human error, the submarine was towed into the waters around Charleston during the Union naval blockade. On the night of February 17, 1864, the Hunley rammed a 135-pound torpedo into the wooden side of the USS Housatonic and sunk it, thus becoming the first submarine in the world to sink an enemy ship.
The HL Hunley headed back from the kill, displayed a lamp to coastal compatriots, and then disappeared. No one knows why it sunk but it did and no one could find it. In 1980, author Clive Cussler and his underwater team began their search for it. They found the vessel in 1995, about four miles off shore. In mid-summer 2000, they raised it to the surface and moved it into a conservation facility in North Charleston.
There's now a joint project by the Friends of the Hunley, the US Navy, the state of South Carolina, and a number of private investors to study and restore the craft. The bodies of the sailors were found inside at their normal positions; the bodies are being examined and they will be buried in town. There's a daily ceremony where Confederate honor guard reenactors do the "tomb of the unknown soldier" thing in the lobby. You're not allowed to take pictures of the actual sub or any of its relics because the National Geographic has exclusive photographic rights to the work. Once the ship is stabilized, they hope to have it have its own little museum, something which seems a bit extreme to me.
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Copyrights: All pictures were taken by amateur photographer Bruce Guthrie (me!) who retains copyright on them. Free for non-commercial use with attribution. See the [Creative Commons] definition of what this means. "Photos (c) Bruce Guthrie" is fine for attribution. (Commercial use folks can of course contact me.) Feel free to use in publications and pages with attribution but you don't have permission to sell the photos themselves. A free copy of any printed publication using any photographs is requested. Descriptive text, if any, is from a mixture of sources, quite frequently from signs at the location or from official web sites; copyrights, if any, are retained by their original owners.
Specific picture descriptions: Photos above with "i" icons next to the bracketed sequence numbers (e.g. " ") are described as follows:
HUN_030824_02.JPG: This is a mock-up of what the inside of the sub would have looked like
HUN_030824_16.JPG: The honor guard for the so-far unburied bodies from the sinking. Note the blue light in the background. That's supposed to represent the lantern that the crew used to indicate success to the land teams. That was the last signal from the boat.
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2003 photos: Equipment this year: I decided my Epson digital camera wasn't quite enough for what I wanted. Since I already had Compact Flash chips for it, I had to find another camera which used CF chips. That brought me to buy the Fujifilm S602 Zoom in March 2003. A great digital camera, I used it exclusively for an entire year.
Trips this year: Three-week trip this year out west, mostly in Utah.
Number of photos taken this year: 68,000.
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