The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle – Fact or Myth?

Posted in: News - Last Updated: September 24th, 2015 by Dolores Thomas

Bermuda Triangle

The mysterious Bermuda Triangle: (Source Wikipedia)

The Bermuda Triangle is one of the most famous regions in the world for the mystery that surrounds the alleged disappearances of numerous aircraft and ships. Also called the Devil’s Triangle, the region is normally located between Bermuda, Miami, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, the exact perimeter of the region varies with reports of the disappearances. It is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, as well as being heavily used by cruise ships and a popular route for  commercial and private aircraft – can it be – the busier the place, the greater chance of some strange force at work?

There are several popular explanations to the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, the most common involving extraterrestrial intervention or technology issued from the similarly mythical lost continent, Atlantis. But, whatever the supernatural reasons theorised for the disappearances, very few are backed up by hard evidence or irrefutable facts.

Instead, those who have researched the bermuda Triangle incidents often find that they have been inaccurately or excessively reported, embellished and that they were lacking in follow-up.

Official agencies and organisations have even stated that the number of incidents in the Bermuda Triangle area was similar to that of any other of any ocean. It was confirmed by Lloyds of London, a UK marine insurer, in reply to the UK television Channel 4 producer that large number of ships had not sunk in the area.

For most stories relating mysterious disappearance, natural explanations can be provided. From deliberate acts of destruction to consequenceof the Gulf Stream, hurricanes, violent storms or rogue waves, there are several reasons ships or aircraft can get destroyed or lost in the region, adding some material to what has been labelled a manufactured legend.

Furthermore, despite the fact that the area covers by the Bermuda Triangle includes land such as parts of Puerto Rico, the Bahamas or Bermuda, there are no reports of any disappearances of land-based vehicles or persons.

One of the most famous incidents to have occurred in the Bermuda Triangle is probably that of Flight 19.

This training flight of TBM Avengers bombers went missing in the 5th of December 1945, as well as the Mariner aircraft that was send with a 13-man crew to search and rescue the squadron. Some stories about the event state that the crew “experienced problems with compass readings”, which are often associated with the Bermuda Triangle.

However, the Navy reports never mentioned any magnetic problems. The fact that stormy weather was approaching the area where the squadron was flying was omitted in the stories. As for the Mariner, an explosion that was reported by a tanker cruising off the coast of Florida at the time when the rescue ship was out at sea is the most likely explanation to its disappearance.

The loss of the five aircraft never recovered has become a symbol of the so-called paranormal activity in the Bermuda Triangle and the crew was even featured in science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977 to add fuel to the fire!

Well documented incidents in the air in the Bermuda Triangle:

  • 1945: December 5, Flight 19 (5 TBF Avengers) lost with 14 airmen, and later the same day PBM Mariner BuNo 59225 lost with 13 airmen while searching for Flight 19
  • 1948: January 30, Avro Tudor G-AHNP Star Tiger lost with 6 crew and 25 passengers, en route from Santa Maria Airport in the Azores to Kindley Field, Bermuda.
  • 1948: December 28, Douglas DC-3 NC16002 lost with 3 crew and 29 passengers, en route from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Miami.
  • 1949: January 17, Avro Tudor G-AGRE Star Ariel lost with 7 crew and 13 passengers, en route from Kindley Field, Bermuda, to Kingston Airport, Jamaica.

Well documented incidents at sea:

  • 1843: USS Grampus, schooner, last seen March 15, presumed sunk in a gale off Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1918: USS Cyclops, collier, left Barbados on March 4, lost with 309 crew and passengers en route to Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 1921: January 31, Carroll A. Deering, five-masted schooner, Captain W. B. Wormell, found aground and abandoned at Diamond Shoals, near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
  • 1925: 1 December, SS Cotopaxi, having departed Charleston, South Carolina two days earlier bound for Havana, Cuba, radioed a distress call reporting that the ship was sinking. She was officially listed as overdue on 31 December.

There has been some incidents on land, believe it or not!

  • 1969: Great Isaac Lighthouse (Bimini, Bahamas) – its two keepers disappeared and were never found.

Is the Bermuda Triangle a real phenomenon? Does this strange and beautiful place hold mysterious secrets that cannot be explained by science? Should fear of the Bermuda Triangle make you think twice about visiting Bermuda this year?

There two lines of thought. One is that it can be proven that nature is causing these dissapearances. On the otherhand, even local fisherman with the latest navigational technology have reported unusual discrepencies with their systems in the Triangle that’s thrown them way off course.

Furthermore, there is a theory that the dangers of the Bermuda Triangle were an elaborate hoax to ward off naval vessels by creating a psychological obstacle in mind of seaman. In saying that the Bermuda Triangle was hazardous, this would have heightened the reputation of pirates in the area, therefore scaring people and discouraging sailors chasing pirates to Bermuda, where many were based.

When we find out whether it’s truth or myth, we’ll keep you updated!

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