Friday, June 02, 2006

Aquarium II : The HUNLEY leaks again.


Six years ago the sunken Confederate submarine, H.L. HUNLEY, was lifted back to the surface of Charleston Harbor, it's crew lowered into graves at Magnolia Cemetery and it's hull placed into a preservation process and put upon display at the former Naval Base in North Charleston. We hear a lot about ceremonies honoring the HUNLEY around the low country, but we don't hear very much about the proposed Hunley museum. There are few local leaks. Our only information on that grand design has come from watchdog blogs and that newspaper up in Columbia. We decided to have a look for ourselves, to tour the tours as it were.

We're parked close to the building in which the shrine is embrined. It was a slow day for visitors as we saw, but three elders wandering away from the hallowed hangar. We are also parked under the pipeline which we presume is for the funds which we hear are being pumped into this project. We saw nary a nickel drip from the open line, not a farthing fell our way. If we had the power to discretely funnel funds into our Mustang Museum, we'd certainly have the money piped in underground. This high profile pipeline is just asking for trouble. You'd think local folks would have noticed this earlier since it's certainly high enough to be seen from Columbia.


Anonymous Paul said...

I get the feeling that the Hunley is going to be in the news, but not for reasons related to the Civil War ! I have felt all along that it should not have been raised from the sea.

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Agricola said...

The money part of the deal is provided by an underground device known as legislative manipulation and subterfuge. The pipeline in your photo is the source for the hot air, also a political product, that protects the complex/boondoggle from the inquisitive eyes of fiscal responsibilitists.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Windviel said...

That is literally a "hot air pipe" as it once fed steam sold to the Naval Base which was generated from burning Charleston's garbage in what was the Foster-Wheeler incinerator. The pipeline metaphor was too attractive for our low talents to resist.

Agricola's credentials as a Son of the Confederacy are as sound as the Pope's right to the Vatican. He comes to the issue not as a stranger. We agree that bathing the funding process in the light of day does no violence to our Southern heritage, a cause which is available to both sides in the controversy.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Windviel said...

Yes, Paul, there may well be an uncivil war over the funding of the museum. Had the HUNLEY not been raised, it would have surely been found and its sundry parts pilfered by scavengers then sold on E-bay.

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

And a pox on those who raised it and any would be scavengers! It should have been left in the sea. If McConnell had his way (or his ilk), they would have raised the Battleship Arizona ! My Great Great Grandfather served in the 5th SC Regiment (CSA) and died in the war. He would have said leave the Hunley alone. By the way, I do love your car !! :)

6:12 AM  
Blogger chucker said...

I am sure you have received this message before: Discovery Channel HD is showing a Sunday evening show called "Mustangs Across America" that is visually exciting and an interesting message about ..well, about a herd of Mustangs driving 4,000 miles across the country.

Don't know if it repeats or has been shown a million times. Just fyi.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Windviel said...

Paul, that's a pile of pox to go around. We'd hate to think how the ARIZONA might fare if was discovered today.

Thanks for the kind comments on the Mustang. We want the Pony car to remain pox free.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Windviel said...

Chuck, thanks for the notice on "Mustangs Across America". We knew nothing about it, but will track it down. We watch more tach than tube so this is great news.

The 60's TV series " Route 66 " put the Corvette in the spotlight so I guess Mustangs have been trying to catch up ever since. This should do nicely.

10:53 PM  

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