Raising the Hunley: The Remarkable History and Recovery of the Lost Confederate Submarine

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Schuyler Kropf, Brian Hicks

Narrated By: Harry Chase

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: October 2002

Duration: 6 hours 49 minutes


On a brutally cold night in February 1864, all seemed calm off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. But beneath the placid surface of the sea, a Confederate submarine named the H. L. Hunley was about to attack the USS Housatonic, the Union Navy's largest warship. The sub plunged a 135-pound torpedo into the Houstonic's stern, sinking it within three minutes, and becoming the first submarine to sink a ship in battle. Lieutenant George Dixon and his crew signaled their victory to their Rebel compatriots on Sullivan's Island and steamed toward shore and a heroes' welcome. Sadly, their triumph was short-lived: For reasons that remain mysterious, the H. L. Hunley abruptly disappeared.

But not, it turns out, forever. Though treasure-hunters had searched for the sub since the Civil War, it remained undisturbed for 136 years. Aided with newly-developed technologies, a team of divers bankrolled by novelist Clive Cussler found the Hunley in 1995.

As described by the authors of The H. L. Hunley, the sub's discovery and subsequent recovery have revealed a veritable treasure trove of human-interest anecdotes and solutions to decades-old mysteries.


  • jondeb

    A fantastic book!! Reads like a detective novel with the exception that it is real!! The history of the worlds first successful submarine, the search to locate it, and the efforts to raise and display it after 130 years on the bottom of Charleston harbor; is amazing and a book that can't be put down!! You will love this one!!!

  • Anonymous

    Interesting from a historical point of view, even better regarding the trials and tribulations regarding the actual locating and recovering of the Hunley.

  • BJ Strickland

    I knew a little about this ship but this book was a most interesting tale of it and the people who made it & ultimately who saved it. Having been in Charleston in the last 2 years & seen the replica near the Visitors' Center, this book made the replica much more real & fascinating. Nicely done & a good read!

  • Anonymous

    Hicks and Kropf wrote an excellent story surrounding the mysterious Hunley. It was a good mix of historical background and the modern search for the missing boat all wrapped around the personal stories of those involved. I was unaware of the significance of this amazing piece of naval heritage. The narrator did an excellent job of reading and keeping me interested in the story. I highly recommend it.

  • Carol Craig

    An excellent book. Entertainingly written. After "hearing" book be sure to visit the Friends of the Hunley website for up-to-date information concerning ongoing research on the crew, restoration, and preservation.

  • Chicago Cheesehead

    This was a great book that kept my interest throughout. I rarely had to rewind to catch something I'd missed.

  • Steve Y

    This was a very interesting listen. There was a good mix of historical fact, educated speculation, and current events surrounding the Hunley. Once you get in to it, you look forward to each listen anticipating what the next events will be. It's a great story of courage, determination, honor, and victory even in the face of tragedy and across the space of time from the conception of the Hunley to its rescue over a century later.

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by Schuyler Kropf, Brian Hicks

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Raising the Hunley: The Remarkable History and Recovery of the Lost Confederate Submarine, Schuyler Kropf, Brian Hicks