Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Bestselling Author Patricia Cornwell to Help Solve Hunley Mystery


February 13, 2006

WHEN: Thursday, February 16th at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hunley Lab at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center, Charleston, SC

WHAT: The Hunley Project is announcing a new collaboration with #1
best-selling author Patricia Cornwell. With over 20 published
books, Cornwell is a pioneer in forensic crime fiction and is also
the author of the #1 New York Times non-fiction bestseller,
PORTRAIT OF A KILLER: Jack the Ripper -- Case Closed. During a
recent visit to the Hunley lab, the author became fascinated by
the story of the submarine and its mysterious disappearance.

WHO: Best-selling author, Patricia Cornwell; Maria Jacobsen, Hunley
Senior Archaeologist; and Dr. Jamie Downs, Chief Medical Examiner
for the State of Georgia will be available for interviews.

Friends of the Hunley
On the evening of February 17, 1864, the H. L. Hunley became the world's first successful combat submarine by sinking the USS Housatonic. After signaling to shore that the mission had been accomplished, the submarine and her crew of eight vanished. Lost at sea for over a century, the Hunley was located in 1995 by Clive Cussler's National Underwater Agency (NUMA). The hand-cranked vessel was raised in 2000 and delivered to the Warren Lasch Conservation Center, where an international team of scientists are at work conserving the vessel and piecing together clues to solve the mystery of her disappearance. This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service.



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