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USS Cyclops mystery still remains unsolved


Posted on Wednesday, 14 March, 2018 | Comment icon 15 comments

The USS Cyclops was a formidable vessel. Image Credit: US Naval Historical Center
It has been 100 years since the transport ship USS Cyclops disappeared without a trace in the Atlantic.
Described as a 'floating coal mine', the ship, which measured 540ft long and 65ft wide, had been hauling 10,000 tons of manganese ore from Brazil to Maryland when it went missing.

Even to this day, the fate of the vessel and its crew of 309 men remains one of the biggest unexplained maritime mysteries of all time.

"There has been no more baffling mystery in the annals of the Navy than the disappearance last March of the USS Cyclops," Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels was quoted as saying at the time.

"There has not been a trace of the vessel, and long-continued and vigilant search of the entire region proved utterly futile."

Marvin Barrash, who has spent over a decade researching the ship's disappearance, believes that it may have gone down in the Puerto Rico Trench - the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean.

He is now working with Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md. to build a monument to its fallen crew.

"As a Navy veteran, I feel I have a duty to honor the crew members on the USS Cyclops who never returned home to Baltimore, and the families they left behind," said Harris.

Source: Fox News | Comments (15)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by Keel M. on 14 March, 2018, 18:18
The alternative is that previous cargo rendered each ship more vulnerable to problems. Following one of the links in the Wikipedia article, I found a footnote indicating a Rear Admiral of the US Navy who had suggested that other ships of these kinds had transported acidic coal which eroded parts of the ship. Maybe they didn't always carry the same stuff and I'm betting even just one transportation of acidic coal would do enough damage that overloading the Cyclops would've done 'er in.
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin on 14 March, 2018, 23:03
Huh. Great read. Only 3 potential causes... - Aliens - White House administration - Design/procedural flaw or mis-management   Conclusion... Aliens.
Comment icon #8 Posted by South Alabam on 16 March, 2018, 1:54
Wow. 3 ships of the same class all disappear without a trace. Had to be a design flaw or something that either capsized or split the vessel would be my guess.
Comment icon #9 Posted by oldrover on 16 March, 2018, 8:18
And all three in the same area of the globe.  It does seem they were a bit wonky one way or another. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Orphalesion on 16 March, 2018, 15:21
With things like that it's also important to remember how primitive means to communicate over long distances and to locate ships and planes still were, both in 1918 and in the 1940s, as was engineering really when compared to today. In addition to that, well...hate to be obvious, but there were freaking huge, global conflicts going on during those time periods, which in turn would have caused everybody to be stressed, on the edge and likely a bit overworked, which would have caused a larger potential for small errors with big consequences.  
Comment icon #11 Posted by Herr Falukorv on 16 March, 2018, 18:05
My bet is that it was some kind of seamonster like the kraken or maybe  an albatross
Comment icon #12 Posted by Not A Rockstar on 17 March, 2018, 6:09
oooh, yeah, Albatross attack! 
Comment icon #13 Posted by Herr Falukorv on 18 March, 2018, 15:05
Its more common than people believe
Comment icon #14 Posted by seanjo on 20 March, 2018, 18:06
Don't be ridiculous clearly it was ISIS...
Comment icon #15 Posted by BorizBadinov on 21 March, 2018, 6:26
I would like to see one of the ROV vessels do a new search where Dan Hawes was diving in 68 with todays technology. The Cyclops had such a unique superstructure his deion sounds like a solid clue. Plus being a navy operation the locations were documented.  A friend of mine sent me a picture of the deck of the Selkirk Settler as he was travelling aboard some years ago. The two pictures are the same ship. Not hard to see why something loaded with hundreds of tons might sink.   


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