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104th Congress 1st SENATE Report
Calendar No. 198
CONVEYANCE OF THE C.S.S. HUNLEY
R E P O R T
COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND
September 29 (legislative day, September 25), 1995.--Ordered to be
SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION
one hundred fourth congress
LARRY PRESSLER, South Dakota,
ERNEST F. HOLLINGS, South Carolina BOB PACKWOOD, Oregon
DANIEL K. INOUYE, Hawaii TED STEVENS, Alaska
WENDELL H. FORD, Kentucky JOHN McCAIN, Arizona
J. JAMES EXON, Nebraska CONRAD BURNS, Montana
JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER IV, West VirginiaSLADE GORTON, Washington
JOHN F. KERRY, Massachusetts TRENT LOTT, Mississippi
JOHN B. BREAUX, Louisiana KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON, Texas
RICHARD H. BRYAN, Nevada OLYMPIA SNOWE, Maine
BRYON L. DORGAN, North Dakota JOHN ASHCROFT, Missouri
Patric G. Link, Chief of Staff
Kevin G. Curtin, Democratic Chief
Counsel and Staff Director
Calendar No. 198
104th Congress Report
1st Session 104-152
CONVEYANCE OF THE ``C.S.S. HUNLEY''
September 29 (legislative day September 25), 1995.--Ordered to be
Mr. Pressler, from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and
Transportation, submitted the following
R E P O R T
[To accompany S. 1084]
The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, to
which was referred the bill (S. 1084) to provide for the
conveyance of the C.S.S. Hunley to the State of South Carolina,
and for other purposes, having considered the same, reports
favorably thereon and recommends that the bill do pass.
Purpose of the Bill
S. 1084 provides for the conveyance of the C.S.S. Hunley to
the State of South Carolina.
This conveyance includes all rights, title, and interest of
the United States in the C.S.S. Hunley.
Background and Needs
In May 1995, divers from the South Carolina Institute of
Archaeology and Anthropology and a private non-profit group,
National Underwater and Marine Agency, discovered the intact
wreckage of the C.S.S. Hunley, a 40-foot long Confederate
submarine which sank near Charleston Harbor in 1864 during the
Civil War. To prevent looting or unauthorized salvage, the
Coast Guard, on July 31, 1995, established a temporary security
zone in the vicinity of the Hunley.
The C.S.S. Hunley is an important part of American and
Civil War history. The submarine sank while defending
Charleston, South Carolina, and has rested on the ocean floor
since that time. The Charleston Museum currently displays a
full-scale model of the Hunley, commemorating its valiant
service and memorializing the lost crew. The State of South
Carolina has expressed an interest in an exhibit of the
submarine at the Charleston Museum.
Senator Thurmond introduced S. 1084 on July 27, 1995. The
bill is cosponsored by Senator Hollings.
On August 10, 1995, in open executive session, the
Committee, without objection, ordered the bill reported.
Summary of Major Provisions
S. 1084, as reported, provides for the conveyance to the
State of South Carolina, without consideration, of all rights,
title, and interest of the United States in the C.S.S. Hunley,
a sunken Confederate submarine located in close proximity to
Charleston, South Carolina. Terms and conditions of the
conveyance should ensure the proper preservation of the C.S.S.
In accordance with paragraph 11(a) of rule XXVI of the
Standing Rules of the Senate and Section 403 of the
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee provides the
following cost estimate, prepared by the Congressional Budget
Congressional Budget Office,
Washington, DC, August 30, 1995.
Hon. Larry Pressler,
Chairman, Committee on Commerce,
Science, and Transportation, Washington, D.C.
Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has
reviewed S. 1084, a bill to provide for the conveyance of the
C.S.S. Hunley to the State of South Carolina, and for other
purposes, as ordered reported by the Senate Committee on
Commerce, Science, and Transportation on August 10, 1995. We
estimate that enacting S. 1084 would have no impact on the
federal budget or on the budgets of state or local governments.
This legislation would not affect direct spending or receipts;
therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures would not apply.
S. 1084 would direct the federal government to convey to
South Carolina title and all rights to the Hunley, a
Confederate submarine sunken in a harbor near Charleston. The
United States would receive no compensation for the conveyance
but would have the right to require any terms and conditions
deemed necessary for preservation of the vessel.
If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Deborah Reis.
(For June E. O'Neill).
regulatory impact statement
In accordance with paragraph 11(b) of rule XXVI of the
Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee provides the
following evaluation of the regulatory impact of the
legislation, as reported.
S. 1084, as reported, provides for the conveyance of the
C.S.S. Hunley to the State of South Carolina. It will have no
effect on the number of individuals regulated or on the
personal privacy of such persons. Any additional amount of
paperwork or regulatory requirements resulting from this
legislation would be minimal.
SEC. 1. CONVEYANCE OF C.S.S. HUNLEY.
This section directs the President to have the appropriate
Federal official convey to the State of South Carolina, without
consideration, all rights, title and interest of the United
States in the C.S.S. Hunley, a sunken Confederate submarine.
The section also acknowledges that the terms of the
conveyance may require certain conditions to be necessary to
ensure the proper preservation of the submarine.
changes in existing law
In compliance with paragraph 12 of rule XXVI of the
Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee states that the
bill as reported would make no change in existing law.