Mysterious Loss of the CONESTOGA Solved (Guest Post)

This was originally posted in the July 2008 issue of the USCS Log, the award-winning philatelic journal of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society (USCS). USCS is an international society that collects naval postal history. (Author’s note:  This is a story of tragedy and loss.  It is told in narrative form, the events are factual except

USS Cyclops 19-N-13451

The Unanswered Loss of USS Cyclops – March 1918

By Captain Lawrence B. Brennan, U.S. Navy (Ret.)   I. Introduction Ninety-five years after the loss of USS Cyclops and 309 souls [1. www.history.navy.mil/danfs/c/cyclops-1.htm ]  in the North Atlantic in March 1918, the precise mechanism of the sinking and the location of the wreck remain unknown. This incident, during World War I, is the largest loss