Bermuda Triangle

The Mystery of The Bermuda Triangle

For many years strange and inexplicable phenomenon’s have occurred which has propped many questions about the space we know as the Bermuda triangle.

It has been inaccurately claimed that the Bermuda Triangle is one of the two places on earth at which a magnetic compass points towards true north.

It has garnered a reputation of being very mysterious and very very dangerous to the point that you must avoid going anywhere near it in the ocean, even in the air.

Many believe that it is the work of the supernatural or an evil being as well as extra-terrestrial activity.

Today we will go through what we know of this eerie place and what occurrences has it faced.

The Facts

Bermuda Triangle

So, what do we actually know for sure about the Devils Triangle?

Well, we know that it is located in the Atlantic Ocean and falls between Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Florida. The Bermuda Triangle has long been believed to be the site where a number of mysterious plane and boat incidents have occurred.

While it has become part of popular culture to link the Bermuda Triangle to paranormal activity, most investigations indicate bad weather and human error are the more likely culprits.

Research has suggested that many original reports of strange incidents in the Bermuda Triangle were exaggerated and that the actual number of incidents in the area is similar to that of other parts of the ocean.

While its reputation may scare some people, the Bermuda Triangle is actually part of a regularly sailed shipping lane with cruise ships and other boats also frequently sailing through the area.

Aircraft are also common in the Bermuda Triangle with both private and commercial planes commonly flying through the air space.

Stories of unexplained disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle started to reach public awareness
around 1950 and have been consistently reported since then.

Unverified supernatural explanations for Bermuda Triangle incidents have included references to
UFO’s and even the mythical lost continent of Atlantis.

Other explanations have included magnetic anomalies, pirates, deliberate sinking’s, hurricanes, gas
deposits, rough weather, huge waves and human error.

Some famous reported incidents involving the Bermuda Triangle include: The USS Cyclops and its crew of 309 that went missing after leaving Barbados in 1918.

The TBM Avenger bombers that went missing in 1945 during a training flight over the Atlantic. A Douglas DC-3 aircraft containing 32 people that went missing in 1958, no trace of the aircraft was
ever found.

A yacht was found in 1955 that had survived three hurricanes but was missing all its crew.

The Stories

December – 1872

On the fateful day of December 5, 1872, Marie Celeste set sail from New York Harbor to carry cargo
to a specified destination. But unfortunately, the ship never made it to the point.

After several search and rescue efforts, the ship was found adrift in Bermuda Triangle, but without
its crew of 11 people.

Personal belongings, food containers, precious cargo, and lifeboats were still there on the ship. What’s more speculative is that there was rotten food on the plates in the dining area.

What happened to these people to make them abandon their safe haven, in the middle of the violent sea, right in the middle of a meal?

Out of all the accounts of Bermuda Triangle stories, this one is really spooky and unnerving. This is the story of a ship, Ellen Austin, falling trap to a ship that was considered to be a bad omen. In 1881,

while Ellen Austin was on its way, the crew came across an abandoned ship that had all the amenities intact but not a single crew member onboard. In an effort to salvage the ship, some of Ellen Austin’s crew hopped on to the nameless ship to manoeuvre it to New York.

During the course, Ellen Austin’s crew lost track of the abandoned ship. When they came across it again, the ghostly ship was again crewless. That is when Ellen Austin transmitted for a rescue ship. It was communicated that Ellen Austin was again dispatching a few of its crew members to the nameless ship.

Upon reaching the communicated point, rescue ships never found any of the two. Both Ellen Austin and the ghostly ship had disappeared.

Previously, there are several accounts of sightings of Ellen Austin with that ghostly ship, trying to mislead the ships or just trying to capture the dispatched crew members.

The USS Cyclops was a beast of a ship, commissioned by US government to aid the British forces, during World War I. The collier ship set sail to Brazil at the break of dawn in late February 1918.

However, it never reached its destination. It was last seen off the coast of Barbados on March 4th.
Search teams were sent out to salvage the iron giant but as we know, it was of no avail. When the families of 306 crew members started asking questions, the US government doubled its search operations.

But just when there was no hope left, the government disclosed that there were no SOS calls, no wreckage, no sudden storms, and no remains of the ship. With sincere poignancy, the government declared the ship to be lost and its inhabitants to be dead. Needless to say, it was the greatest loss ever to the US Navy.

What makes this more interesting, or creepy, is that two other collier ships USS Proteus and USS Nereus were doomed with the same fate in the year 1941. There were no accounts but just memories left of these ships too.

December – 1945

The most infamous of the disappearances in the Triangle is of Flight 19. On the eve of December 5, 1945, five of the best Avenger Bombers of the US Navy vanished into thin air, while carrying out a routine mission.

The squadron’s commander, Lieutenant Charles Taylor was constantly in touch with the base until his frequency broke down, mid-sentence. There was no static or lost signal, just complete breakage in the link. Those five aircrafts were never seen or heard of again.

To top it all, the rescue force dispatched to recover the planes too never returned. The rescue force vanished in a similar fashion when their frequency broke down mid-sentence. After years of investigation, the case was closed with a tag of cause unknown.

February – 1963

In 1960, Marine Sulphur Queen was converted into a carrier of molten Sulphur from being a T2 Tanker. It was a 600 feet giant built in 1944 for the purpose of storage. On the ill-fated day of February 2 in 1963, it set sail to its concluding journey. At that time, it was carrying 15,000 tons of molten sulphur and 39 valued crew members.

Its existence was last acknowledged on February 4th. Just like in many cases, its radio transmission broke mysteriously mid-sentence.

What’s more intriguing is that during the transmission, the commander was briefing about good weather conditions and helpful navigation, just before the reporting was cut short. It was sad to see such a monstrous tanker meet its end like this, after years and years of successful operations.

These were just the snippets from most publicized reported cases. There are several thousand more
disappearances and losses which have not been accounted for or never came to the light, due to
various reasons.

Some History

Bermuda Triangle

The term; Bermuda Triangle; was coined in 1964 by writer Vincent Gaddis in the men’s pulp magazine Argosy.

Though Gaddis first came up with the phrase, a much more famous name propelled it into international popularity a decade later. Charles Berlitz, whose family created the popular series of language instruction courses, also had a strong interest in the paranormal.

He believed not only that Atlantis was real, but also that it was connected to the triangle in some
way, a theory he proposed in his bestselling 1974 book;The Bermuda Triangle”.

The mystery has since been promoted in thousands of books, magazines, television shows, and
websites.

Over the years, many theories have been offered to explain the mystery. Some writers have expanded upon Berlitzs ideas about Atlantis, suggesting that the mythical city may lie at the bottom of the sea and be using its reputed; crystal energies; to sink ships and planes.

Other suggestions include time portals and extra-terrestrials — including rumours of underwater alien bases.
Still others believe that the explanation lies in some sort of extremely rare and little known, yet completely natural geological or hydrological explanation.

For example, perhaps ships and planes are destroyed by pockets of flammable methane gas known to exist in large quantities under the sea, maybe lightning or an electrical spark ignited a huge bubble of methane that came to the surface right next to a ship or plane, causing them to sink without a trace.

There are a few obvious logical problems with this theory, including that methane exists naturally around the world and such an incident has never been known to happen.

Others suggest sudden rogue tidal waves. Or maybe some mysterious geomagnetic anomaly that creates navigational problems confusing pilots and somehow causing them to plunge into the ocean; then again, pilots are trained to fly even with a loss of electronic navigation, and that theory doesn’t explain ship disappearances.

In fact, the Navy has a web page debunking this idea. It has been inaccurately claimed that the Bermuda Triangle is one of the two places on earth at which a magnetic compass points towards true north. Normally a compass will point toward the magnetic north. The difference between the two is known as compass variation.

Although in the past this compass variation did affect the Bermuda Triangle region, due to fluctuations in the Earth’s magnetic field this has apparently not been the case since the nineteenth century.

In some cases, there’s no record of the ships and planes claimed to have been lost in the aquatic triangular graveyard; they never existed outside of a writer’s imagination.

In other cases, the ships and planes were real enough, but Berlitz and others neglected to mention that they mysteriously disappeared during bad storms.

Other times the vessels sank far outside the Bermuda Triangle. It’s also important to note that the area within the Bermuda Triangle is heavily travelled with cruise and cargo ships; logically, just by random chance, more ships will sink there than in less-travelled areas such as the South Pacific.

The Bermuda Triangle has fascinated many who lean toward believing imaginative stories and bizarre explanations, but sceptics take a whole other view of the area.

Despite the fact that the Bermuda Triangle has been definitively debunked for decades, it still appears as an unsolved mystery in new books, mostly by authors more interested in a sensational story than the facts.

In the end, there’s no need to invoke time portals, Atlantis, submerged UFO bases, geomagnetic anomalies, tidal waves, or anything else. The Bermuda Triangle mystery has a much simpler explanation: sloppy research and sensational, mystery-mongering books.

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