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Holes in the Evidence
Photograph by Ira Block and Brian J. Skerry

Submerged in her new home—a state-of-the-art conservation lab on the old Charleston Navy Base—the Hunley is remarkably intact for an iron object that spent 136 years on the ocean floor. A grapefruit-size hole in the forward hatch tower may be battle damage, but a careful search for shards of glass and metal left by such a hit turned up nothing. The submarine’s hull bears two other gashes that could have caused fatal flooding, but the holes appear to have been made after the sinking, perhaps by anchors that snagged the wreck.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fuji Provia 100F
Lens: 18mm Nikon
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Wreck is inside the conservation facility building within a huge tank filled with fresh water.
Time of Day: 11 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Subal underwater housing for Nikon F5 camera

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