Secret Weapon of the Confederacy
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Few written records of the Hunley remain, but since she was recovered in 2000, archaeologists have learned much about her mission, construction, and crew. Maybe by 2020 they will have enough new information to release a third updated video, but until then, this is the Hunley video to watch (the Hunley will be in a cleaning bath for the next 6 years). The earlier National Geographic video, "Raising the Hunley" captures the excitement and details of actually recovering her from the ocean floor, but I found the story of the Hunley's original mission and the investigations they are using to piece together that story to be much more interesting than the retrieval.
The ballistics segment is particularly exciting, but what captivates me about the Hunley is the story of 8 men who were willing to squeeze themselves into a home-made sardine can that had sunk twice before, put an explosive charge on the end of it, and pump it 4 miles into the ocean in the dark and cold without any supplementary air or power to attack an enemy ship. Technology on the edge in desperate times.