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Gripping History
Photograph by Ira Block

Claustrophobic as a drain pipe, the Hunley’s crew compartment was filled floor to ceiling with sediment when the submarine was raised. Archaeologist Shea McLean (examining the crankshaft used to propel the hand-powered sub) and his colleagues spent months carefully uncovering the bones and belongings of the crew—some of which were embedded in the corroding hull. “Coaxing the delicate remains of a crewman’s hat from the cement-hard encrustation,” says McLean, “was like trying to get wet tissue paper out of rock.”


Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fuji 400 Negative
Lens: 17-35mm @ 17mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: N/A
Time of Day: N/A
Lighting Techniques: Three strobes set up in the sub


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