Work of rotating Confederate sub nears completion

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The work of turning the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley upright for the first time in almost 150 years is nearing completion.

The painstaking process started Wednesday in North Charleston as workers slowly adjusted the tension on slings holding the sub. The work should be complete late Thursday.

The Hunley is the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship. It was resting on its side at a 45-degree angle after sinking off Charleston in 1864 and was raised that way 11 years ago.

Righting the sub allows a look at its entire hull for the first time since its sinking.

But senior conservator Paul Mardikian says more clues on why it sank may have to wait until sediment encrusted on the hull is removed.

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