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The Hunley (TV Movie 1999) Poster

(1999 TV Movie)

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The Hunley was located by Clive Cussler and the National Underwater & Marine Agency, and salvaged by Oceaneering International.
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The story about the gold coin carried by Lt. Dixon is true. At the Battle of Shiloh, the gold coin saved his life by blocking a bullet; the dented coin, engraved with the date of the battle, was found in his remains, which had a leg wound.
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Though many details of Lt. Dixon's life and military service are taken from fact, most of the other crew have uncertain identities.
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The U.S.S. Housatonic was the first ship ever sunk by a submarine. The second was the H.M.S. Pathfinder, sunk by the German U-boat, U-21, in the fall of 1914.
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Since the film was made prior to the recovery of the actual HL Hunley, some details of the ship shown in the film are not accurate. Also, the mock-up which was used for interior scenes was 10% roomier than the actual Hunley. A section of the mock-up can be seen, and entered, at the HL Hunley Restoration site in Charleston, SC.
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