The Disappearance of the CYCLOPS, While Tragic, was never considered to be an Exceptional Event, Unparalleled in Maritime History. The Loss of a Ship, without a Definitive Cause, is not an Extreme Rarity. The Fate of Many Ships, Lost Through The Centuries, have never been Satisfactorily Explained.
The CYCLOPS did indeed Disappear, but like so many other MISSING SHIPS, PLANES, PEOPLE ETC., THERE JUST ISN'T ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONCLUDE THAT IT WAS CAUSED IN A PARTICULAR MANNER. MOST LIKELY, IT WAS A SERIES OF INCIDENTS, COUPLED WITH CONDITIONS THAT DEVELOPED DURING THE VOYAGE, THAT LED TO THE DISASTER.
However, this does not Mean the Following, A LINE OF REASONING OFTEN USED BY SUPPORTERS OF THE PARANORMAL AND PSEUDOSCIENCE:
SINCE THE EXACT CAUSE(S) IS UNKNOWN, WE CAN SPECULATE THAT MAYBE UFOS, CRYPTIDS, OTHER DIMENSIONS, THE LOST CITY OF ATLANTIS etc., are possible causes.
Yes, and Maybe it was the JOLLY GREEN GIANT, THE LIVING DEAD, SEA MONKEYS, THE FLYING DUTCHMAN... ON AD NAUSEAM. THERE IS NO MORE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THESE ARE TRUE, OR NOT TRUE, THAN THE USUAL FRINGE EXPLANATIONS TROTTED OUT BY THOSE PEDDLING THE PARANORMAL IN BOOKS, MAGAZINES, TV SHOWS, RADIO...
THE INABILITY TO PIN DOWN, WITH A DEGREE OF CERTAINTY, THE
EXACT CAUSES, DOESN'T MEAN THEY DON'T EXIST. WHY?
LOGIC, CRITICAL THINKING AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD DON'T
WORK ON UNJUSTIFIED ASSUMPTIONS, BAD EVIDENCE, AND WILD
SPECULATIONS WITH NO REASONABLE PLAUSIBILITY OF OCCURRENCE.
We'll look at the Some of the More Rational Explanations Regarding the Loss
of the CYCLOPS in the next Post.