A Freemason on the CSS Hunley
In Charleston, South Carolina, Lt. George Dixon … a Mason … was commander of the Confederate submarine CSS Hunley. When he boarded that vessel on Feb. 17, 1864, he carried with him a badge from Mobile Lodge No. 40.
The Hunley sank the USS Housatonic that night, becoming the first submarine to sink an enemy vessel. But the Hunley was also sunk, and the lodge badge went to the bottom of Charleston Harbor along with its owner. They would stay there for 136 years….
The Hunley was finally lifted off the bottom, in August of 2000. Three years later the bones of Lt. Dixon and his crew were buried in a Charleston cemetery. Dixon was buried with Masonic rites, which were provided by the modern-day members of his lodge.
Photograph by Randall Hill, Reuters-Shown in a South Carolina conservation facility, the Hunley sank the U.S.S. Housatonic off Charleston (map) in 1864. Within minutes the sub itself sank too-killing its eight-man crew and creating an enduring mystery. (Also see "Forensic Team Studying Skeletons of Hunley Crew.”)