X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

Civil War Confederate Submarine May Have Sunk Itself

by Shane McGlaun
Advertisement

During the Civil War, the Confederate Army launched what has been dubbed the world’s first successful attack submarine. The submarine was called the H.L. Hunley and successfully sank the USS Housatonic in February of 1864. Shortly after the submarine signaled a successful mission, it disappeared never to be seen again.

hunley

Exactly what happened to the submarine has been a mystery for over 100 years. The submarine was discovered off South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor in 1995, and then raised to the surface in 2000. Researchers have been studying the submarine and believe that they may have found evidence of exactly how the submarine was able to attack and sink the Union Navy ship.

Recent research has shown that the design of the submarine’s torpedo, which held 135 pounds of gunpowder, wasn’t intended to come off a 16-foot spear as previously believed. Previously it was believed that the torpedo was placed against the hull of the ship and then detonated remotely. Now the researchers believe that the submarine was no more than 20 feet from the torpedo when it detonated. The researchers believe that the concussion from the explosion could have injured the crew or perhaps damaged the submarine leading to the death of all onboard.

[via USA Today]




Comments are closed for posts older than 90 days.

More from Awesomer Media...

theawesomer logo
Crumpler Vis-A-Vis Clear Trunk Ganryu Taffeta Twill Coach Jacket Patterns of the Universe Coloring Book Massive Paratrooper Jump 95octane logo
SYNC 3 finds a Home in All the 2017 Fords Lamborghini CEO Says V12 Will Soldier on Hennessey HPE 1000 Challenger Hellcat Tears up the Dyno The Best BMW M on the Market Has a Growl for the Ages mightymega logo
Wonder Woman Gets Trailer, Looks Awesome Star Trek: Discovery Ship Teased Prime 1 Studio Premium Masterline Optimus Prime G1 Statue Alternate Versions of Harley Quinn
Advertisement