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04 March
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USS Cyclops disappears in Bermuda Triangle

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USS Cyclops

USS Cyclops

I’m a sucker for a Bermuda Triangle story, and this one fits the bill.  On March 4, 1918 USS Navy ship Cyclops set out for Baltimore.  She was heading there most likely to make repairs as her starboard engine had a cracked cylinder and in the previous port water had been seen above the Plimsoll line, the line on the hull that marks the legal limit to which a ship sits in the water.  The Cyclops was a collier, which is a cargo ship mostly used by the Navy to haul coal.  It was launched on May 7, 1910.  Cyclops was last known to be traveling through the Bermuda Triangle when she disappeared.  To add to the mystery both her sister ships were also lost as well during world war II, also in the Bermuda triangle.

The more likely explanation is that the ships had a weakened I-beam which runs the length of the ship at the keel.  Both the sister ships lost during WWII were lost with very full loads and Cyclops was loaded heavily when lost and may have hit a large storm as well, further weakening the keel.  She was deemed lost with all hands on June 1, 1918 by Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Quantum Leap: The Complete Fourth Season

Quantum Leap: The Complete Fourth Season (Cyclops featured on episode 16)

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Cyclops_%28AC-4%29

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05 December
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Flight 19 and the Bermuda Triangle

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Flight 19 Plan - Wikipedia

Flight 19 Plan – Wikipedia

Flight 19 consisted of five TBM Avenger Torpedo Bombers departed the US Naval Air Station in Fort Lauderdale FL at about 2:10 pm on December 5, 1945. They were on an authorized overwater navigational training flight. All pilots had between 350 and 400 hours of flight time, and at least 55 of those hours were in this type of aircraft. There were scattered showers on their flight path. Weather conditions were considered average for the training flights. At 4pm the first message came across that they might be lost. The flight instructor indicated that he was uncertain of the direction of the Florida coast. He also indicated there their compass was malfunctioning.

Discovery of Flight 19 from project 19 on Vimeo.

The base tried to contact the planes but the signal was too weak. All radio contact was lost before they could figure out exactly what had gone wrong. The flight was never heard from again and no one has ever found the planes. It’s assumed that they made sea landings somewhere off the eastern coast of Florida. We do know that their gas would have been gone by 8pm. They searched for the planes until December 10, 1945.

leader calls the tower, his voice trembling and bordering on hysteria.

“We can’t tell where we are . . .everything is . . .can’t make out anything. We think we may be about 225 miles northeast of base . . .” For a few moments the pilot rambles incoherently before uttering the last words ever heard from Flight 19: “It looks like we are entering white water . . .We’re completely lost.” –US Navy

Official Accident Reports:
http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq15-1_accidentreports.htm

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