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Constuct a working replica of the CSS Hunley, the first submarine to successfuly attack another vessel.
Add large-area escape hatches in case of problems. The construction would be welded steel, not rivetted iron. The crew would be fully dive trained and have personal submarine escape/SCUBA sets.
The vessel would have extensive instrumentation and perform its dives tethered for safety, probably in a drydock, accompanied by rescue divers.
But otherwise, it would as far as possible operate in the same way as the original.
This would reveal exactly what the vessel was and was not capable of.
Wanted categoy: Science:Archaeology
Extremely innovative [8th of 7, Jun 05 2016]
||Given that the Hunley sank three times, each time
killing all of her crew, I'm not sure that we need any
further evidence of what the vessel was not capable
||Bear in mind that the crew of the replica Hunley will be volunteers drawn from the Civil War reenactment movement of those U.S. states located south of the Manson-Nixon line ...