SUBMARINES AND THE CIVIL WAR
This is a very unique gift idea and awesome piece of Nautical History. Becomes a must-have for every Civil War or Marine enthusiast who sets his eyes upon this spectacular display. Length measures an impressive 34". The Confederate States of America were the next to use submarines in combat. They built small, steam-powered submarines, called Davids, named for the Bible's legendary giant-slayer. On Oct. 5, 1863, one of these attacked the USS New Ironsides off the coast of Charleston, S.C., disabling but not sinking the ship with a 65-pound spar torpedo.
The Civil War also saw the first submarine to successfully sink its target, the 40-foot-long Hunley, which was operated by eight men turning a hand crank attached to her propeller shaft. The Hunley sank and was recovered three times during trial runs before it was successful. On Feb. 16, 1864, under the cover of darkness, the Hunley sank the USS Housatonic off Charleston. Accounts differ as to the reason, but the Hunley sank soon after sinking the Housatonic. It was discovered in May 1995 off the coast of Charleston and was recovered in August 2000.