The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is a region in the North Atlantic where ships and planes have mysteriously disappeared. It is bounded by Miami, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico, and its reputation as a death trap has fueled numerous conspiracy theories and speculation. This article explores 10 of the most bewildering incidents that occurred within the Bermuda Triangle, including the Flight 19 squadron that went missing in 1945, the disappearance of the USS Cyclops in 1918, and the abandonment of the Mary Celeste in 1872. Despite natural explanations for these events, some believe supernatural or extraterrestrial forces may have been at work.
The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle: 10 Strange Occurrences
The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is a loosely defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean where ships and aircrafts have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The triangle is bounded by Miami, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico, and its reputation as a death trap has fueled numerous conspiracy theories and speculation about what really happened to the missing vessels and planes.
Here are 10 of the most bewildering incidents that have occurred within the Bermuda Triangle’s waters:
1. Flight 19 (1945)
On December 5, 1945, a squadron of five US Navy bombers departed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on a routine training exercise. The pilots, all experienced aviators, soon radioed that they were lost, despite good weather conditions, and that their compasses were malfunctioning. The planes never returned, and a rescue mission was launched, but the search planes themselves also disappeared mysteriously.
2. USS Cyclops (1918)
The USS Cyclops was a 542-foot-long naval cargo ship that served the US during World War I. On March 4, 1918, it set sail from Bahia, Brazil, with 309 people and ten thousand tons of manganese ore on board. However, it never reached its destination in Baltimore, Maryland. No distress call was ever transmitted, and no wreckage was found despite a massive search operation. To this day, the disappearance of the Cyclops remains the largest non-combat loss of life in US Navy history.
3. The Mary Celeste (1872)
The Mary Celeste was a British-American brigantine that was found adrift and abandoned in the Bermuda Triangle on December 4, 1872. The cargo and personal belongings of the crew were still on board, but the crew itself was nowhere to be found. There were no signs of struggle or foul play, and the last entry in the ship’s log was from ten days earlier, indicating that everything was normal before the crew vanished. To this day, the fate of the Mary Celeste crew remains a mystery.
4. Douglas DC-3 (1948)
A twin-engine passenger plane that was flying from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Miami disappeared without a trace on December 28, 1948. All 32 people on board, including 27 passengers and five crew members, vanished without a trace. No distress calls or wreckage was ever found, and the cause of the plane’s disappearance remains unknown.
5. Ellen Austin (1881)
The Ellen Austin was a schooner that was spotted in the Bermuda Triangle area in 1881. The ship was en route from London to New York, but it had lost its crew due to a sudden fever outbreak. Another ship, the Carroll A. Deering, reportedly saw the Ellen Austin drifting aimlessly and boarded it to investigate. The Deering crew found no one on board, and the Ellen Austin soon broke loose and disappeared again. The Ellen Austin reportedly resurfaced months later with a new crew, but nobody knows what happened to the original sailors.
6. USS Scorpion (1968)
The USS Scorpion was a US Navy nuclear-powered submarine that disappeared on May 22, 1968, while returning to Norfolk, Virginia, from a secret mission in the Atlantic Ocean. The cause of the sinking remains unknown, but a naval inquiry concluded that the submarine had probably sank due to an internal explosion. The Scorpion was carrying a crew of 99 men, and all perished in the incident.
7. Flight 441 (1954)
On October 30, 1954, a Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation passenger plane vanished while flying from New York to Bermuda. The plane had 42 passengers and a crew of 6, and no distress call or wreckage was ever found despite a massive search operation that involved more than 1,000 people.
8. USS Proteus (1941)
The USS Proteus was a US Navy submarine tender that was stationed at the Naval Operating Base in Bermuda in 1941. On November 23 of that year, the Proteus set sail for its home port in Newfoundland, but it never arrived. The official report stated that the ship was a casualty of war, but no enemy action was recorded in the area at that time. The fate of the crew and the cause of the disappearance remain unknown.
9. Witchcraft (1967)
The Witchcraft was a 23-foot-long cabin cruiser that disappeared on December 22, 1967, while taking a short cruise off the coast of Miami. The boat was equipped with a state-of-the-art radio system and was only a mile offshore, but it failed to reach its destination. A search operation that involved planes, ships, and divers turned up no trace of the vessel or its passengers. The boat remains one of the few non-commercial vessels to have vanished within the Bermuda Triangle.
10. Carroll A. Deering (1921)
The Carroll A. Deering was a five-masted commercial schooner that was found aground on Diamond Shoals, near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on January 31, 1921. The ship was abandoned, and its crew was missing. Strange details surrounding the incident included an open captain’s safe, a messy galley, and missing navigation equipment. Despite an investigation that lasted months, no one could explain why the vessel had been abandoned or where the crew had gone. The disappearance of the Deering remains one of the most baffling mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle.
The Bermuda Triangle continues to be a source of fascination and fear for many people, and the above incidents are just a few examples of the numerous disappearances and strange occurrences that have occurred within its boundaries. While some may argue that there are natural explanations for these events, others believe that supernatural or extraterrestrial forces may be at work. Whatever the case may be, the Bermuda Triangle is a reminder of the vast and mysterious nature of our planet’s oceans and the mysteries that still await exploration.