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USS Cyclops

Two ship of the United States Navy have borne the name USS Cyclops, for the Cyclopes of Greek mythology, a race of giants with only one eye.

The first USS Cyclops was an ironclad steamer. It was originally USS Kickapoo[?], was renamed Cyclops from 15 June to 10 August 1869, and then was renamed Kewaydin.

The second USS Cyclops was a collier[?], launched 7 May, 1910, by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and placed in service 7 November 1910, with G. W. Worley, Master, Navy Auxiliary Service[?], in charge. Operating with the Naval Auxiliary Service, Atlantic Fleet, the collier voyaged in the Baltic during May to July 1911 to supply Second Division ships. Returning to Norfolk, Virginia, she operated on the east coast from Newport, Rhode Island, to the Caribbean servicing the fleet. During the troubled conditions in Mexico in 1914 and 1915, she coaled ships on patrol there and received the thanks of the State Department for cooperation in bringing refugees from Tampico to New Orleans, Louisiana.

With American entry into World War I, Cyclops was commissioned 1 May, l917[?], Lieutenant Commander G. W. Worley in command. She joined a convoy for St. Nazaire, France[?], in June 1917, returning to the east coast in July. Except for a voyage to Halifax, Nova Scotia, she served along the east coast until 9 January 1918, when she was assigned to Naval Overseas Transportation Service[?]. She then sailed to Brazilian waters to fuel British ships in the south Atlantic, receiving the thanks of the State Department and Commander-in-Chief, Pacific. She put to sea from Rio de Janeiro 16 February 1918, and after touching at Barbados on 3 March and 4 March, was never heard from again. Her loss with all 306 crew and passengers, without a trace, is one of the sea's unsolved mysteries, and is often "credited" to the Bermuda Triangle.

General Characteristics

  • Displacement: 19,360 tons
  • Length: 542 feet
  • Beam: 65 feet
  • Draft: 27.8 feet
  • Speed: 15 knots
  • Complement: 236 men

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