Now, U is for USS Cyclops, or rather, the disappearance of it. How could I address history's mysteries without bringing up the Bermuda Triangle?
In March of 1918, a Proteus-class collier, the largest in the U.S. Navy, disappeared without a trace. The USS Cyclops was carrying over 10,000 tons of manganese ore, having completed an exchange of goods in Rio de Janeiro.
Photographed by Sargent. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The ship was in the middle of the area known as the Bermuda Triangle, an area said to suffer issues with navigational equipment going crazy.
It has been stated that one of her engines was having problems, so there could have been engine failure as a factor.
Theories state that a massive rogue wave may have come along and caused her to capsize. The wreckage may have been carried off by the gulf stream, causing the searchers to miss it. There is also a theory concerning methane pockets under the water. If a methane bubble bursts, it is thought that it can change the density of the water, causing anything floating on the surface to sink rapidly, and with no warning. Once again, the wreckage could have been caught up in the gulf stream. The USGS says these pockets don't exist in the general area the ship disappeared in, and haven't for thousands of years, but perhaps they're wrong.
By probably United States Navy
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Worley was not a well-liked man. He abused his crew and acted insane at times. Could be there was a mutiny, but then what happened?
Then there are the aliens and the sea serpents. We can't forget about them!
What do you think happened to the USS Cyclops? Does anyone else have absolutely no desire to sail anywhere there might be methane pockets (because that thought freaks me right out)? Was it a pre-war move by the Germans or an act of nature? Or was it, simply, the Bermuda Triangle?
Now for some links.
Press 53 is seeking prose pieces of between 1000 and 7000 words for their anthology, Surreal South '13. Pays in copies and discount on more copies. Deadline May 1. Either the author or the work of fiction must have something to do with the south.
Over My Dead Body! is a mystery magazine open for submissions. 750-4000 words. Paying market.
Funny Times is looking for funny cartoons and stories. 500-700 words stories. Pays $60 for stories.
The Pikes Peak Branch of the NLAPW flash fiction contest is coming to a close May 1. Theme: Hidden Amongst These Worlds. $10 entry fee, $100 first prize.
The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition closes on May 1. $1500 prize with publication. 3500 word maximum.
C.M. Brown is holding a Blogger Buddy Appreciation Competition. Vote for your favorite blogger buddy who's always there for you, and they could win an Amazon GC.
Anything to add? Any of these you're interested in? Have you voted for your Blogger Buddy?
May you find your Muse.