Researchers prep for Hunley's first move in ten years (update: first upright, unobstructed view of Hunley)

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Update January 16: Scientists recently removed the the truss out of the tank which had been supporting the H.L. Hunley, offering the first unobstructed and upright view of the Civil War submarine since 1864.

The Post and Courier was on hand during the momentous occasion and the video is posted above.

Update June 16: The first step of the arduous process of turning the H.L. Hunley upright has been completed.

Yesterday, crane operators successfully listed the submarine three feet into the air, completing the first step in what's estimated to be a two-week process. This was the first time the Hunley has been moved in almost 11 years.

The next step is for scientists to put together a track to hold the submarine; then they will switch out the straps that are currently cradling it.

Take a peek at pictures of the first step of the process being completed and learn more about the entire process over at The Post and Courier's in-depth report here.

Update June 13: Work has begun to turn the H.L. Hunley upright, and preservationists are hoping they might get some clue as to why it sank in 1864 during the move.

Once the Hunley has been successfully turned upright, it will give researchers a view of the hull, which as of yet hasn't been able to be closely examined.

For more information, watch the video above and check out the brief over at WCBD-TV 2.

First reporting: The H.L. Hunley's conservation team has announced the historic 19th-century submarine will be making its first big move in ten years.

Well, not that big, but this summer, the H.L. Hunley will be taken out of the cradle lift it has rested on since 2000 and will be set upright for the first time since 1864.

The Post and Courier has a lengthy report on the significance and planning that has gone into preparing for the move; read it here. The Post and Courier's report also offers up two videos historic items found inside of the vessel.

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