The Confederate submarine, H. L. Hunley made history in 1864 when it sank the USS Housatonic. A massive explosion tore a hole in the Housatonic’s hull sending it to the bottom. The Hunley also sank and took all eight crew members with it.
The Hunley sat at the bottom of the ocean until 2000 when it was recovered. Mostly all of the human remains recovered from the Hunley were buried in a 2004 ceremony. According to reports, researchers cleaning debris from the submarine recently discovered a tooth near where 24-year-old crew member Frank Collins sat.
According to archaeologist Michael Scafuri, Collins’ tooth was stuck to the crank handle, where it melded with iron and corrosion until researchers began cleaning the Hunley.
Scafuri pointed out that we may never know the exact circumstances surrounding the sinking of the Hunley. “To be honest and upfront about it, we will always have an element of uncertainty because, until we invent a time machine, we’re never going to know exactly what happened,” he said.
Mad World News reports:
The H.L. Hunley made maritime history in 1864 when the Confederate submarine sank the Housatonic. However, in the aftermath of the explosion, which tore a hole in the hull of the Housatonic, the Hunley sank with all eight crew members on board. It would sit at the bottom of the ocean until 2000 when it was ultimately recovered and a chilling discovery made.