14 Jun '18, 4pm

USS Cyclops – The Deadliest Unsolved Mystery in the Navy https://t.co/7vanqKY9RE

One hundred years later, the mystery of the USS Cyclops , the greatest non-combat loss of life the Navy ever experienced, remains unsolved. What happened to it? Where did it go? The USS Cyclops was built in Philadelphia; it was 54o feet long and 65 feet wide. The ship was a Proteus class collier and could carry 12,500 tons of coal while making 15 knots with its twin screws. When the United States declared war on Germany and its allies in April 1917, support ships like the USS Cyclops fell under the command of the Navy. The administrative change greatly affected the crew of these support ships. Instead of being run by civilians, the officers were now members of the Naval Reserve Force. The Cyclops’ final mission was to transport 9,960 tons of coal from its home port in Norfolk, Virginia to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and bring back 11,000 tons of manganese ore. They departed on ...

Full article: https://www.navalhistory.org/2018/06/14/uss-cyclops-the-d...

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