CYCLOPS AC 4

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Proteus Class Collier
    Keel Laid June 2 1909 - Launched May 7 1910

  1. CYCLOPS Auxiliary Service Collier
    Placed In Service November 7 1910

  2. USS CYCLOPS AC 4
    Commissioned May 1 1917
    Lost with all hands (306) about March 4 1918

    Struck from Naval Register (Date unknown)
Cyclops Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1    (1918-38)

 

Postmarks

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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
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Cover Image


 

Locy Type 9v

USS Arkansas
BB-33

1917-09-27

GregCiesielski Cyclops AC4 19170927 1 Front.jpg

N/A

Registered & Censored.


 

Locy Type
3

1918-01-28

GregCiesielski Cyclops AC4 19180118 1 Postmark.jpg

No Image

Postmark reported!
NOTE: "My article in the January 2011 USCS LOG on John Gill's fake CYCLOPS cancel has brought an interesting message from Todd Creekman, a relatively new member and Executive Director of the Naval Historical Foundation. It seems that the foundation has recently published a book on CYCLOPS by a member who had a relative on the ship when it was lost. His family had correspondence from that crew member which was given to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 and is now in the Roosevelt Presidential Library. One of those letters has a type 3 cancel from CYCLOPS dated Jan. 28, 1918, when the ship was still in Brazil. I'll attach a scan of the illustration from the book, which is not very good. However, I've had good experience in the past with the FDR Library in providing information and copies from their archives. When I get a better illustration, I will publish it in the LOG.
Think of how many collectors we all knew in the past would have been thrilled to see that this cancel really exists!"
Text from an email dated January 3 2011 by Dave Kent.


 

Locy Type
3

1918-01-28

GregCiesielski Cyclops AC4 19180118 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cyclops AC4 19180118 2 Front.jpg

Cover appears to be a YMCA envelope provided to the serviceman in WWI. Sender was Edward S. Morgan, Jr., Fireman Third Class.


 

Locy Type SL

1918-01-28

GregCiesielski Cyclops AC4 19180118 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cyclops AC4 19180118 2 Front.jpg

Cover appears to be a YMCA envelope provided to the serviceman in WWI.


 

USPO
Machine Cancel

Cedar Rapids Iowa

1918-01-06

GregCiesielski Cyclops AC4 19180106 1 Front.jpg

No Image

Incoming mail to Jack Williams Brawford, Yeoman Second Class. Mailed to the Navy YMCA Brooklyn NY, arriving January 10 1918.


 

USPO
Machine Cancel

Cedar Rapids Iowa

1918-01-06

GregCiesielski Cyclops AC4 19180106 1 Back.jpg

No Image

Incoming mail to Jack Williams Brawford, Yeoman Second Class. Mailed to the Navy YMCA Brooklyn NY, arriving January 10 1918. Mail redirected to the USS CYCLOPS, Postmaster NY. At a unknown date, stamped with a Navy Department, Bureau of Navigation rubberstamp marking sending it back to the original writer with a manuscript inscription "Ship Missing". Mailed back to Iowa on May 17 1918 from Washington DC. Cover courtesy of Mr. Frank Hoak.


 

Locy Type
FAKE

1911-08-15

GregCiesielski Cyclops AC4 19110815 1 Postmark.jpg

No Image

Note: The reported Type 1 is a FAKE created by John Gill.
Postmark illustration from the USCS Postmark Catalog

 

Other Information

One of the most famous of the "Devil's Triangle" disappearances, many speculations have risen over the ships demise including Captain Worley's collusion with the enemy (Germany), Mutiny, Coal/Manganese fires, or storm. To date no trace of the ship has ever been found

NAMESAKE - The mythical Greek one-eyed giant

 


 

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