Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley is proving to be an entertaining audiobook for my 10-year-old guy. We're listening to it in the car on the way to camp each day and on errands around town.
Built and designed in Mobile, the Hunley belonged to the Confederacy. I didn't even know that there were submarines during the Civil War. (I should read more kids' books.) The author, Sally M. Walker, includes lots of engineering details (on ballast, buoyancy, etc.), and does not shy away from the grisly. On this morning's ride alone, two of the submarine's crews have died. (I kept saying, "Oh, that's terrible, that's terrible," until Junior pointed out the repetitious nature of my comments. Still, those poor guys! Anyway...) I'm thinking since the sub was only pulled up from the ocean floor near Charleston in the 1990s, things aren't going to be so great for at least one more group, either.
Walker, Sally M. Secrets of a Civil War Submarine [sound recording]. Random House/Listening Library, 2007. Read by J.R. Horne.