Vanished Without a Trace: The Bermuda USS Cyclops Mystery

( – On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank. It was supposed to be an unsinkable ship. In September 1985, the most famous cruise liner ever created was found on the ocean floor, and so were the answers to the mystery that surrounded it for 73 years.

Curiously, the USS Cyclops is a very different story. In March 1918, the World War I United States warship just vanished, never to be heard from again or found.

At the time of its disappearance, it was the largest ship in the US Navy. It was 550 feet long and carried a crew of 306 sailors. The ship was only eight years old when it went missing. There are several theories about what happened to the Cyclops when it disappeared in the Bermuda triangle, but none of them have the support of any proof. It’s a mystery that lives on in infamy.

What Happened to the Cyclops?

In reality, there is no way to be certain about what happened to the ill-fated vessel. Before the massive ship vanished, it was on its way to Baltimore, Maryland, from Brazil. Once loaded with manganese ore, which is an ingredient used in steel production, the ship set sail. It stopped off in Barbados for supplies before what was supposed to be a nine-day journey home. The last message ever received from the warship was, “Weather fair, all well.”

The ship never sent out a distress call, and not a single vessel in the vicinity of the Cyclops received a call for help. There wasn’t even a life preserver found.

For decades, folklore about the Bermuda triangle grew as hundreds of ships and planes disappeared. The region covers thousands of miles between the points of Bermuda, Miami, and Puerto Rico.

Some said a deep-sea creature ate the Cyclops. Others thought it was a UFO that took it. Others claimed a storm brought the ship to the depths of the ocean.

Still others believed the ship was a casualty of war. Perhaps German submarines sank it? Every plausible explanation became more unlikely as time passed.

For decades, many said it was unthinkable that researchers would discover the Titanic. With modern technology and deep-sea vessels, perhaps someone will find the Cyclops at the bottom of the ocean? Numerous ships thought to be long gone have been found. Why not the Cyclops?

If someone does find the Cyclops, perhaps then we’ll come to know the true story behind the mystery.

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