On 17 February 1864, the Confederate submarine CSS Hunley attacked and sank a 1,240-ton United States Navy ship, the USS Housatonic, and entered history books as the first combat submarine to sink a warship. Shortly after, the Hunley itself sank and disappeared from existence. But it wasn’t the first time the submarine had sunk.
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1864 painting of H. L. Hunley by Conrad Wise Chapman. Photo: Wikimedia Commons