I recently discovered a "Confederate Submarine" folk art watercolor that appears to be a period piece (1863-4). Signed, dated and says "Charleston" in India ink on signature line. Taking it to an art industry highly recognized professional paper conservator later this week for analysis. Hope to make an "official announcement" about it soon!
I added the Ebay link to a SOLD listing as I knew some on here would want to see it. Tomorrow I am taking painting to Kansas City for inspection and evaluation. If authentic, the H. L. Hunley Museum in Charleston, SC is interested in displaying. They have informed me there are "features" in the painting that only someone who probably saw the Hunley vessel or one similar could have known in order to make the painting. This appears to be a very rare and historical item and a story worth sharing. It was snagged under the nose of over 30 million users!
NOTICE: THERE IS NO ATTEMPT TO OFFER THIS PAINTING FOR SALE ON THIS MESSAGE BOARD!!! Only attempting to contact those more knowledgeable than myself - like the lead David Upton has provided to the museum in Mobile is fantastic! Not possible to find out about these things without posting on message board. In process of developing provenance and the more information I can obtain will be helpful. Some of the links Bobby Ronayne posted were VERY helpful and already led to a first person account.
Please reconsider your action. This is a very exciting discovery and fascinating subject. I'm deep in the middle of research, and Bobby's information was important. Can you put it back up?