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Bermuda Triangle: the History, Mystery, (Sophistry?) and the Real Story

Bermuda Triangle: the History, Mystery, (Sophistry?) and the Real Story

Summary:

Dozens of planes, ships, and people have disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle area. But what is the Bermuda Triangle? Where is it? Here’s the full story.

The Bermuda Triangle is one of the biggest mysteries of our days for many people. The unexplained disappearances of planes, ships, and people have been making people’s blood run cold for decades! 

Honestly, when I was a child, I was horrified that such a thing exists after hearing about a Bermuda Triangle incident on the news once. In my childhood opinion, it was scarier than the tales of Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Chupacabra combined! 

water of the Bermuda Triangle
Doesn’t look too dangerous here, right? Taken by J. Arbaje via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

There are many theories, much speculation, and an ocean of gossip about what happens in the Bermuda Triangle. Today we will dive deep into what is the Bermuda Triangle and how scary and mysterious it really is.

But worry not! 

We will return to the surface after this adventure 😉

So, Where is the Bermuda Triangle?

The Bermuda Triangle, which is also called The Devil’s Triangle, is an area in the North Atlantic Ocean near the coast of North America just north of the Caribbean. It is not unanimous what its exact borders are; however, most sources state that the three points of the triangle (the vertex?) touch Bermuda, Miami, and Puerto Rico. The proximity to Bermuda and its triangular shape give it the infamous name.

Fun Fact: The U.S. Board on Geographic Names does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle as an official name.

So, why exactly do so many people talk about it?

What is the Bermuda Triangle?

map of the Bermuda Triangle
A map of the general area known as the Bermuda Triangle. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Alphaios. [Public Domain].

It is said that many planes and ships mysteriously vanished in this zone, mostly during good weather conditions and even without sending any distress messages. It is thought that 50+ ships and 20+ planes have gone under in this area.

Some people believe it has to do with paranormal activity or UFOs. Some believe that those disappearances happened because the lost continent of Atlantis went under water in exactly this area. And, of course, there are boring scientists, who enjoy taking the fun out of everything; they are certain there’s no anomaly and a good explanation for each incident. 

But those scientists, of course, are right. Being one of the most heavily traveled areas in the ocean with a vast territory, the disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle do not occur significantly more often than in other territories. Moreover, many cyclones and hurricanes pass through this zone, and these weather occurrences were hard to predict and navigate through decades ago. 

All the controversy between the supporters of science and devotees of the paranormal is what made—and continues to make—the Bermuda Triangle such a hot topic.

Fun Fact: The Bermuda Triangle has over 16,000 reviews and a rating of 3.9 on Google Maps! At face value, it looks more accommodating than any average Holiday Inn 😉 

[Found yourself here because you are a true marine lover? Check out our article on ocean facts!]

History of the Bermuda Triangle

The first documented abnormal event that took place in this mysterious area was mentioned by none other than Christopher Columbus (another story with controversy). Sailing through the sea, he noticed and wrote in his log about the peculiar compass performance. It might have happened as the Bermuda Triangle is an area where a compass sometimes points towards true north instead of magnetic north. 

For a long time after, there were no mentions of the Bermuda Triangle and its mysterious anomalies, which itself feels a bit mysterious and anomalous. 

Everything changed in the 20th century, when, one after another, shipwrecks, plane crashes, abandoned vessels, and people missing began to make the news.

The Most Famous Disappearances

The Bermuda Triangle has had dozens of documented disappearances, many mysterious in nature and inspiring legends of the area featuring paranormal activity or hosting a convention of extraterrestrial beings.

Whatever the causes may be, here are some of the most notable Bermuda Triangle disappearances:

The USS Cyclops (AC-4) Incident

In early March, 1918, the USS Cyclops disappeared while transporting a load of manganese ore from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States. No traces of the ship, the ore—or any of the 306 crew—were ever found! On top of that, two of the sister ships of the USS Cyclops, the USS Nereus (AC-10) and the USS Proteus (AC-9), also vanished and these cases have been determined by some to be the dastardly deeds of the Bermuda Triangle. This was the US Navy’s single greatest non-combat-related loss of life.

Fun Fact: Another sister ship to the USS Cyclops, the USS Jupiter (AC-3), became the first aircraft carrier for the United States Navy. The USS Jupiter (AC-3) was converted from a collier (bulk cargo ship) to the USS Langley (CV-1) and used in World War II.

The Flight 19 Disappearances

This name is a bit misleading, because the Flight 19 incident actually involved 6 planes disappearing in the area. So, Flight 19 was the name given to a group of 5 Grumman TBM Avenger planes (torpedo bombers). While out on a training mission on December 5, 1945, all 5 planes and 14 airmen disappeared. To top that off (here’s the 6th plane now), a PBM aircraft sent for search and rescue for Flight 19 disappeared as well, along with their 13 crewmen!

The 1948 Airborne Transport DC-3 (DST) Disappearance

Remaining unsolved till now, the disappearance of a Douglas DST plane (#NC16002) en route from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami, Florida is a deep mystery for amateur sleuths and professional investigators of Bermuda Triangle phenomena alike. On December 28, 1948, the flight stopped communicating with controllers within just 50 miles of touching down in Miami. All 28 passengers and 3 crew members disappeared, as well.

So, that’s all for now on the Bermuda Triangle. We hate to leave you on such a downer, so for a kick of joy, check out our articles on funny money from around the world, the weirdest wedding traditions on the planet, or the strangest theme restaurants on Earth!

And, let us know what you think! Share your opinion—is the Bermuda Triangle one of the most mysterious spots on our planet or just a scary bedtime story? Let’s chat below in the comments, and thanks for reading!

Mariia Kislitsyna
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