THE DISAPPEARANCE- The CYCLOPS was, at the Time it went Missing, being used by the U.S. NAVY as a Bulk Carrier for Cargo such as Coal. However, it was Transporting MANGANESE ORE during its Final Voyage, something it had not done before.
The Cyclops arrived at RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL on January, 28, 1918 with a Load of Coal. She was Re-Loaded with the Manganese Ore, and Departed on FEBRUARY, 16 , 1918. On February, 20 , 1918 the CYCLOPS entered BAHIA, and on the 22nd Cast Off for its Final Destination.
THE Destination was BALTIMORE, MARYLAND.
However, the CYCLOPS changed its planned course to BARBADOS, arriving on March, 3 , 1918, and Departing for BALTIMORE the next day.
It was never seen or heard from again.
That is the Basic Story.
If we were to leave the story at this point, which many do, we would be left with an Intriguing Mystery. How could a Ship of the U.S. NAVY just Disappear, without a REASONABLE EXPLANATION?
This Question is a Fair One, and some Proponents of the Supernatural Explanation for the Disappearance "ATTEMPT" to find an Alternative Explanation. In this way, They can claim to be Honest and Diligent Researchers, looking at all possible ways to explain the loss of the CYCLOPS.
The BERMUDA TRIANGLE ENTHUSIASTS OFTEN COMMIT THE SAME TYPE OF FLAWED METHODOLOGY IN FINDING AN ANSWER FOR THE DISAPPEARANCE, THAT OTHER INVESTIGATORS OF THE PARANORMAL ARE ALSO GUILTY OF: CHERRY PICKING POSSIBLE EXPLANATIONS, AND ADDRESSING THOSE THEY CAN EASILY REFUTE, AND IGNORING OTHERS THAT PROVIDE A MUCH MORE REASONABLE AND LIKELY EXPLANATION, WHICH CONTRADICTS THEIR CHOSEN SUPERNATURAL CAUSE.
We will look at a Couple of these in pt 3.