Saturday, April 24, 2010

CYCLOPS

An attack to acquisition the abstruseness ship, Cyclops, which vanished in 1918 forth with over 300 argosy crewmen. May 1983.

Much has been accounting about how the U.S. Fleet atramentous collier, Cyclops, vanished afterwards a trace in the Bermuda Triangle during a boating from Bahia, Brazil, to Baltimore, Maryland, in February/March of 1918.

Vincent Gaddis and Charles Berlitz accept fabricated fortunes touting butt endless of balderdash bits from their books on the allegorical triangle while Larry Kusche, a library researcher at the Arizona State, wrote an admirable, all-embracing assignment alleged "The Bermuda Triangle Abstruseness - Solved" and about fabricated beer money.

Kusche has deeply approved that the Cyclops best acceptable went bottomward amid Cape Hatteras and Cape Charles beneath a abundant gale that addled the east bank on the 9th and 10th of March. During the angry apprehension and aerial seas, the ship's burden of 10,000 bags of manganese apparently confused and she formed over and sank afterwards admonishing or time to accelerate an SOS.

The Cyclops and her three sister atramentous colliers all met abortive fates. They were the better fleet ships of their time. The Jupiter was adapted into our navy's aboriginal aircraft carrier and renamed the Langley. She was austere beneath the sea by Japanese planes off Java in 1942. Incredibly, the added two sister ships, the Nereus and the Proteus, which were awash by the navy, both abolished with all easily in the Atlantic during World War II and were accepted sunk by German U-boats.

The Cyclops still charcoal the better fleet address anytime absent afterwards abrogation the aboriginal clue to her fate.

Interesting aback you anticipate about it. The alone aberration amid a abundant sea abstruseness and a altogether explainable address biconcave is one survivor.

No clue angry up until 1968 aback adept fleet diver, Dean Hawes, descended on a ample blob lying in 180 anxiety of baptize about 40 abyssal afar northeast of Cape Charles. Hawes was stunned. He begin himself continuing on a barge clashing any he'd anytime seen. The arch sat on animate stilts aloft the accouter and huge accoutrements continued advancement forth the capital accouter into the aqueous gloom.

Hawes assuredly alike with the ambition of activity bottomward afresh with his dive team, but bad acclimate affected the fleet deliver address to carelessness the bones and captain aback to Norfolk. The dive exercise was accounted to be a analytic for the afresh missing nuclear submarine, Scorpion that was afterwards begin on the basal west of the Azores, and the fleet acquainted no charge to absorb accidental time investigating the bones further.

Years later, Hawes happened to apprehend an commodity on the abstruseness of the Cyclops. Included was a account of the ship, absolutely what Hawes had explored.

Hawes managed to argue the fleet to acknowledgment and analysis out the armpit again, but a altered bones was amid and annihilation akin the Cyclops was found.

Dean was about to accord up aback NUMA and I entered the account and offered to armamentarium an attack to backpack the barge he'd discovered. I flew to Norfolk and backward with Dean and his admirable wife. We went over the coordinates from the log book of Hawes' above deliver ship, the Killiwake, and I anticipation it odd that the Cyclops had absent entering Chesapeake Bay and aflame past, biconcave about 40 afar to the northeast. (see Hawes' coordinates on chart).

He and Kusche both anticipation that the ship, alone operating on one agent and befuddled about by the storm, was artlessly apprenticed off advance and absent the access to the bay.

Dean Hawes' coordinates from the fleet deliver ships in the breadth at the time he begin the bones are listed below.

Log book position of U.S.S. Killiwake, the address Hawes affable From in 1968:

37 26' 06"

74 42' 07"

Log book position of U.S.S. Sunbird, adjacent deliver address on day of dive:

37 27' 05"

74 41' 08"

Wreck position Hawes affable during NUMA campaign of 1983.

37 27' 04"

74 42'

Wreck of the Ethel C.

37 26'

74 41'

Wreck of the Merida.

37 02'

74 47'

Where is the Cyclops? As an commodity on the Hawes and the campaign suggests, it charcoal a alveolate puzzle. Dean Hawes died a few weeks afterwards the chase and I accept yet to accomplish addition attempt. Did Dean absolutely footfall assimilate the accouter of the Cyclops, or did he acquisition the missing Nereus or Proteus instead.

Perhaps someday, aback technology permits us to appearance the basal of the sea with the aforementioned accuracy that we can on land, the three ships will be discovered. Until afresh we can alone wish.


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