Saturday, October 1, 2016

THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD. THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE. CASE #1. USS CYCLOPS. PT 1.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION.

NAME-  USS CYCLOPS.

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YEAR LAUNCHED-  1910.

DISAPPEARED, ASSUMED LOST AT SEA-  MARCH, 1918.

SHIP TYPE-  COLLIER.

OWNER-  COMMISSIONED BY U.S. NAVY IN 1917.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:
DISPLACED-  19,360 TONS.
LENGTH-  542 FEET.
BEAM-  65 FEET.

SPEED- 15 KNOTS. 


SHIPS COMPLEMENT:  WAR TIME - 236 OFFICERS AND ENLISTED. (NUMBER EXCLUDES PASSENGERS.)

CARGO AT TIME OF DISAPPEARANCE-  MANGANESE ORE.

ALTHOUGH NOT CONSIDERED A COMBAT VESSEL, CARRIED AN ARMAMENT OF 4 X 4 INCH GUNS.


THE USS CYCLOPS is an Intriguing example of a Ship considered to be a "VICTIM" of the BERMUDA TRIANGLE.

WHY?

-  It remains the Largest Loss of Life in the History of the U.S. Navy, in an incident not involving Combat.

-  While the Above Information is now considered Factual, the CYCLOPS Disappeared during WORLD WAR 1, and was at one time considered to be a possible victim of a U- BOAT attack.

-  The Commanding Officer at the time of the Disappearance, LT. COMMANDER GEORGE WORLEY, had a reputation as being an Eccentric and Unorthodox Officer.

-  One of the Passengers during its Last Voyage was ALFRED GOTTSCHALK, the U.S CONSUL- GENERAL IN RIO DE JANEIRO.  It was said that he and WORLEY held views that were sympathetic to GERMANY, at the time at War with the U.S.

-  Since the CYCLOPS Disappeared without a Trace, different Theories have been put forth to explain what happened to her.  They Range from Traditional Explanations that are usually associated with the Loss of a Ship at Sea;  Sunk By A Storm, Engine or Structure Failure, Struck a Submerged Object etc., to the Fantastic and Bizarre; Mutiny, Piracy, Water Spouts, Giant Sea Creatures, and of course the old stand by- UFOs.

-  The CYCLOPS also had Two Sister Ships, the PROTEUS and the NEREUS, that later also Disappeared without a Trace.

So, with this information, lets look at the Legend as it pertains to the BERMUDA TRIANGLE.

Date-  1/8/2015.