This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Thursday, October 15, 2009

This Day in History...

October 15, 1863 - The first successful submarine, the C.S.S Hunley, sinks during a test run in Charleston Harbor. The inventor, Horace Lawson Hunley, and seven crew members drowned. Surprisingly, another crew volunteered and the Hunley went back to work. In February 1864 it torpedoed a US ship outside Charleston Harbor. It was the first sub to ever sink a ship in battle. Unfortunately that was its only successful mission - it sank on its way back into Charleston Harbor, killing another crew.

1 comment:

  1. Have you ever seen it? It's very impressive! We also went to the funeral, in Charleston, for the crew.