THE CYCLOPS- Is an Example of Paranormal Researchers Ignoring Obvious explanations for the Disappearance, making it seem like the U.S. NAVY and other Official Sources are Completely Baffled in explaining what happened.
However, as with many other "MISSING SHIPS AND PLANES," the Answer is probably not just a Single Reason. Various Factors, sometimes not apparent at the Time, may have Influenced the Tragic Outcome.
#1- IMPROPER HANDLING, AND LOADING OF CARGO.- This May have been a Factor in the Disappearance, but there is no CONSENSUS AMONG RESEARCHERS AND HISTORIANS as to what Degree. MANGANESE ORE was a Cargo the CYCLOPS had not carried before, and the shifting and settling while in the hold may have led to HULL FAILURE, or if Improper Hatch Coverage Allowed SEAWATER TO ENTER THE STORAGE AREA, THE RESULTING SHIFT IN WEIGHT MAY HAVE CAUSED THE SHIP TO FOUNDER.
#2- ENGINE DAMAGE AND FAILURE- It was Reported by the Captain, LT. COMMANDER GEORGE WORLEY, that his STARBOARD ENGINE WAS OUT, AND IN NEED OF REPAIR. However, this was not Done Prior to the Final Voyage of the CYCLOPS. Such a Reduction in SPEED AND MANEUVERABILITY could be CATASTROPHIC if the Ship Encountered any Unforeseen Difficulties while at Sea.
#3- STRUCTURAL FAILURE- As you can see from the above Photo, the CYCLOPS AND HER SISTER SHIPS HAD A VERY UNIQUE DESIGN AND PROFILE. THE I- BAR CONSTRUCTION, WHICH RAN NEARLY THE LENGTH OF THE SHIP, COULD CAUSE THE SHIP TO BECOME UNSTABLE AND HARD TO CONTROL, ESPECIALLY IN FOUL WEATHER.
#4- ENCOUNTERING EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS THAT WERE NOT EXPECTED, AND THE PHYSICAL CONDITION OF THE SHIP AT THE TIME, COULD HAVE RESULTED IN THE CYCLOPS BEING UNABLE TO WITHSTAND THE NATURAL FORCES THAT HIT IT DURING THE LAST VOYAGE.
These are the More Rational Explanations put forth, and there is Tangible Evidence to Support Each, at least in Terms of Partial Responsibility that may have led to the Loss of the CYCLOPS.
We will look at the MORE OUTLANDISH EXPLANATIONS IN THE NEXT SEGMENT.