A crew from Parker Rigging Co. lifted the Hunley more than 3 feet today, the first time the sub has moved in nearly 11 years.

This is the first step in the process for rotating the sub to an upright position and taking it out of the truss that has cradled the sub since it was recovered from the Atlantic in 2000.

"We did ok," said Paul Mardikian, the Hunley's senior conservator."We can not take any risks."

Scientists will now assemble a new track to hold the submarine after it is rotated. The rotation is expected to be complete by the end of next week.

Read more in Thursday's editions of The Post and Courier.