Vessel CSS H.L. Hunley



Named after her inventor, Horace Lawson Hunley, the CSS Hunley was the first combat submarine to sink an enemy warship. On February 17, 1864, the Hunley armed with a single spar attacked and sank the screw sloop USS Housatonic in Charleston's outer harbour. Shortly after sinking the Housatonic the Hunley sank killing all eight members of her crew.

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Published resources

Book Sections

  • Brown, D. K., 'Steam torpedo boats of the Royal Navy', in Jordan, J. (ed.), Warship 2005, Conway Maritime Press Ltd., London, 2005, pp. 73-96. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'History of a Torpedo Boat', The Engineer, vol. 21, 11 May 1866, p. 335. Details
  • 'The H L Hunley', National Geographic, 37438, pp. 81-101. Details
  • Townes, B., 'The submarine H. L. Hunley', Maritime Life and traditions, no. 14, pp. 34-45. Details
  • Walsh, D., 'Sub Returns From Patrol - 136 Years Later', U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, vol. 126, no. 10, 36800, p. 121. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'The H L Hunley', National Geographic, 37438, pp. 81-101; 'H.L. Hunley', in Wikipedia, 2012,

Prepared by: Rebecca Rigby