Robert S. Neyland, project manager of the Hunley Commission,
charged with raising and conserving the Confederate submarine H.L.
Hunley, will speak in Coastal Carolina University's Wheelwright
Auditorium Tuesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the university's
Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer Series. The event is free and open to the
public, although tickets are required for admission. Tickets will be
available beginning Monday, March 19 at 9 a.m. at the Wheelwright Box
Entitled "The Archaeological Recovery of the H.L. Hunley,"
Neyland's presentation will include a brief history of the Civil War
submarine and its discovery off the coast of Charleston. He will
discuss the recovery effort and the excavation phase including
information on the latest technologies being used to assist the
Neyland will combine his lecture with a PowerPoint presentation
showing photographs and other visual information illustrating the
Hunley recovery process. The Hunley, according to Neyland, is unlike
most shipwrecks in that it has been recovered in a state of remarkable
preservation and has been protected from plunderers. "The Hunley is a
true time capsule of enormous historical and scientific importance,"
Built in 1863 in Mobile, Ala., the H.L. Hunley became the first
submarine in history to sink an enemy ship during wartime when she
attacked the U.S. warship Housatonic on Feb. 17, 1864 in Charleston
Harbor. Returning to port after the successful attack, the Hunley sank
mysteriously, its exact whereabouts unknown for more than 130 years.
Clive Cussler, noted author and shipwreck hunter, discovered the Hunley
in 1995. The historic submarine was raised on Aug. 8, 2000 from its
resting place in Charleston Harbor and was moved to the Warren Lasch
Conservation Center in Charleston. The conservation process is expected
to take seven to 10 years to complete.
Robert Neyland earned a master's degree in 1990 and a Ph.D. in
1994 from Texas A&M University. Since then, Neyland has been the
Underwater Archaeologist for the Department of the Navy and is
currently the head of the Navy's Underwater Archaeology Branch, Naval
Historical Center. He is a research associate with the Netherlands
Institute for Ship and Underwater Archaeology (NISA) and with the
Institute for Nautical Archaeology (INA). In addition, he is vice-chair
of the Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology and has served on
the Maryland Governor's Advisory Committee on Archaeology. Neyland has
worked on a variety of site types: Bronze Age shipwrecks in the
Mediterranean, medieval wrecks in the Netherlands, and ships of
exploration in the Caribbean and North America.
The Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer Series is sponsored by the
William A. and L. Maud Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer Series Endowment
Fund. The purpose of the series is to present programs promoting an
appreciation for the intellectual values in broad social issues,
religion, geopolitics and the arts.
For ticket information, contact the Wheelwright Box Office at 349-
2502. For more information on the H.L. Hunley, visit
www.hunley.org on the Internet.