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2016-17 through 2021-22
The Atchafalaya Heritage Area has been designated by Congress as a National Heritage Area.
For decades, the vessel's identity had vexed researchers. Many thought the submarine was the Pioneer, the first commissioned Confederate submarine that was constructed in New Orleans by the same group that later built the C.S.S. Hunley - the famed submarine now undergoing conservation at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in Charleston, S.C. However, a drawing of the pioneer recently discovered in the National Archives by naval historian Mark Ragan illustrates that the State Museum's submarine and the Pioneer are not the same vessel.
Louisiana State Museum submarine on bank of Bayou St. John at Spanish Fort, c. 1900.