Sunday, January 01, 2006

Confederate submarine Hunley had skylights



NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Scientists excavating the Confederate submarine Hunley say they've found another unique feature of the boat.

They say the Hunley had a series of skylights on top of the hull. Each had a cover which could be closed from inside.

Charleston Senator Glenn McConnell chairs the Hunley Commission. He says the covers could have prevented light from escaping from the inside the Hunley, revealing its position. McConnell says it appears the covers were designed to help seal the sub if one of the skylights broke.

He says it's another indication the Hunley was a well-thought-out design.The Hunley was the first submarine to sink an enemy warship. It sank a Union blockade ship in 1864 and was raised off coast of Charleston in 2000.



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