Come early (5:00 p.m.) and see the movie, The Hunley.
Professor Richard Siciliano has acquired a copy of the movie and will show it at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 8, 2015 in Room BI-113 of the Business and Industry Building on the LaPlata campus of the College of Southern Maryland. (The same room as our regularly scheduled meeting!)
The TNT network movie The Hunley tells the incredible true story of the crew of the manually propelled submarine CSS Hunley, during the siege of Charleston, SC of 1864. It is a story of heroism in the face of adversity, the Hunley being the first submersible to sink an enemy boat in time of war. The movie tells the human side of the story relating the uncommon and extraordinary temperament of the 9 men who led the Hunley into history and died valiantly accomplishing this feat. (92 minutes)
Then join us as Dr, Robert Neyland discusses his work on the recovery, restoration and conservation of the Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley. The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley attacked and sank the USS Housatonic on Feb. 17, 1864. It is historically significant as the first submarine to successfully sink a warship in combat. Hunley also was lost with all hands after the battle. The location of the missing submarine was a mystery until it was rediscovered by bestselling author Clive Cussler in 1995. In 2000, it was raised by a team of archaeologists headed by Dr. Robert Neyland and returned to the port if left 136 years previously. Over the last 15 years the submarine has been opened, excavated and the eight crewmen identified and reburied. Analysis and conservation of the artifacts and hull is ongoing, but the sub is on display at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston. This presentation discusses the processes of recovery, archaeology, identification of the crew, conservation of the artifacts and hull, and what mysteries have been solved as well as what remains to be discovered.
Attendance is free and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Round Table President Brad Gottfried at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-934-7625.