Hunley anniversary marked with series of events

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Hunley submarine will soon be hitting a major milestone.

February 17 marks the 150th Anniversary of the H.L. Hunley's mission against the federal blockade ship Housatonic off Charleston.

The Hunley sank the Union ship but neither the sub nor its eight-man crew returned. The sub was raised off the coast almost 14 years ago and is in a conservation lab in North Charleston.

To celebrate, a series of events are scheduled including public tours and special discounts.

Though normally only open on the weekend, extended weekday tours will be available along with living history programs.{}{}{}{} Friday, February 14th Military Appreciation Day {}{}{} Tours available from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. {}{}{} Active and retired military will receive 50% discount on tickets {}{}{} Full dress honor guard and living history scenesSaturday, Feb. 15thSunday Feb. 16th Golden Celebration Days {}{}{} Tours available Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. {}{}{} On each day, the first 150 guests will receive free replicas of the Hunley Captain's life-saving gold coin {}{}{} Full dress honor guard and living history scenesSaturday, February 15th Evening Reception and Presentation: The Men Behind the Machine {}Warren Lasch Conservation Center from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. {}Tickets:{} $50.00 {}Cocktail hour with light hors d'oeuvres and bar including private viewing of the submarine hosted by experts conducting the preservation work followed by a presentation by{} Forensic genealogist Linda Abrams.{} She has been researching the biographies of the submarine pioneers that manned the Hunley for over a decade. Using the latest available information, she will share the stories of each of the crew members and, when known, how they came to be on the submarine that fateful night.{}

Monday, Feb. 17th Sesquicentennial Day {}{}{} Tours 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. {}{}{} All tickets $1.50 (ticket price is normally $12) {}{}{} Living history presentation and memorial service at Breach Inlet, where the Hunley and crew left land for the last time with a mission to make world history. Visit for more information on the service.

You can visit the Hunley at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center located at 1250 Supply Street on the old Charleston Navy Base in North Charleston.