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Deconcreting the Hunley: Revealing the Surface of the Submarine for the First Time

Author(s): Paul Mardikian

Year: 2016

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Summary

Deconcretion of the exterior of the H.L. Hunley submarine is in full swing with more than 1250 lbs. of marine deposits and corrosion removed. This presentation will provide an overview of the recent progress by conservators at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, SC. After a brief review of the project's major milestones, emphasis will be placed on the technical challenges of the deconcretion work including the lab setting requirements, the deconcretion plan, techniques of deconcretion and corrosion mitigation. The presentation will also discuss what deconcretion has revealed about the cast and wrought iron features of the hull such as the bow, stern, propeller and conning towers; the technical interpretation of some of the findings including damage to the hull such as deformation, erosion, fractures, impact or inherent material defects.

 


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Deconcreting the Hunley: Revealing the Surface of the Submarine for the First Time. Paul Mardikian. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434305)


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Temporal Keywords
Civil War


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 588

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America