Mystery around the notorious Bermuda Triangle continues to intrigue scientists as well as regular people. There are numerous theories and possibilities surrounding it, but no concrete conclusions that unravel the secret behind the weird disappearances of flights and ships passing the Triangle’s territory. If you are among those who have just faintly heard of it, read on as we dig deeper into the its strangest stories and occurrences.
The term Bermuda Triangle was coined by Vincent H Gaddis in 1964. He wrote an article on the strange pattern of disappearances in the Triangle. Once an unnamed area in North Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda Triangle and its stories became a rage in 1970s. Many pilots and sea-navigators came forward to share the tales of mishappenings and accounts of loss. Many such Bermuda Triangle stories were found to be fake, created in order to gain publicity, while others were backed with solid proofs.
In fact, its first written account is in the journal of the famous sea-explorer, Christopher Columbus in the 15th century. He mentioned in his journal that his compass went berserk once they touched an unseen boundary between Florida and Puerto Rico. Since then, there have been many stories doing the rounds, and to cut it all short, here’s all you need to know to raise and settle the curiosity about the infamous Triangle.
The Mystery Of Bermuda Triangle
Bermuda Triangle is a triangular area in the Atlantic Ocean between Florida, Bermuda Islands, and Puerto Rico. Over the last 100 years or so, there have been numerous inexplicable disappearances. Thousands of people and hundreds of ships and aircrafts have gone missing from the area. On rare occasions, the ships have been found, but without the managing crew and all the supplies intact. And on other occasions they have disappeared like they never existed; just vanished in thin air.
On some accounts, debris has been washed ashore including radars and compasses with no apparent glitch in them. No one knows the truth behind these disappearances, but a few claim to have unearthed the Bermuda Triangle Truth.
Bermuda Triangle Stories – 5 Scary Tales of Sudden Disappearance & Wreckages
Let’s peruse five strangest accounts of unfortunate incidents that happened in Bermuda Triangle. Some will seem acceptable, some far-fetched, while some, extremely nerve-wrecking. But all these accounts and stories have been told by numerous people over the course of 100s of years. Plus, there are some facts too that will put the myths aside, and lead to speculations.
1. The ghastly tale of Marie Celeste
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 sans 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, that too right in the middle of a meal?
2. Ghostly presence and disappearance of Ellen Austin
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 maneuver 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.
Hitherto, 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.
3. The fateful end of USS Cyclops
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 wreckages, 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.
4. Disappearance of Flight 19
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’.
5. Mystery of Marine Sulphur Queen
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.