Next year, the H.L. Hunley will be moved for the first time in a decade as scientists begin the final phase of the Civil War-era submarine's restoration.
On Friday, officials with the Hunley project said that in early 2011 the sub will be removed from its lift truss - the cradle that has held the 147-year-old craft since it was recovered from the Atlantic Ocean ten years ago this weekend. The Hunley will be set upright, allowing conservators to remove the hardened sediment that clings to the hull. That will allow the first detailed study of the sub's hull and prepare it for a multi-year chemical bath aimed at removing salt from the iron hull.
"It will be a major turning point for the project, both literally and figuratively," said Sen. Glenn McConnell, chairman of the state Hunley Commission.
Read more in Saturday's editions of The Post and Courier.