Sunday, January 01, 2006

Clemson could restore Hunley

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The State
September 09, 2005

NORTH CHARLESTON — Clemson University would pay to restore the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley and develop a 65-acre research campus employing thousands under a plan developed by the Upstate college, the Hunley Commission and North Charleston.

The commission on Wednesday approved the first step, agreeing to turn over the Hunley conservation lab to Clemson in exchange for the school paying for the sub’s restoration.

“We have the opportunity now not only to complete the conservation of the Hunley but to help the academic future of South Carolina with a cutting-edge metallurgy and textiles restoration center,” said state Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, and chairman of the commission. “This helps get us to the finish line.”T

he commission has been paying for the submarine restoration with private donations and some federal funds.

Clemson’s involvement means Friends of the Hunley and the commission will have more time and money to devote to building the museum.

If all goes according to plan, the restored sub, the first in history to sink an enemy warship, could be on display in four years, McConnell said.

Clemson scientists have been working with Hunley conservators on developing the best way to restore the sub.


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