The Bermuda Triangle has fascinated many who lean toward believing imaginative stories and bizarre explanations. Growing up, I heard stories about the mystery triangle – the dreaded point where any plane that dares fly across, is pulled down into the ocean, so when planes get to that point, they move thousands of feet higher into the sky so that the magnetic pull of the Bermuda Triangle will not pull them down into the ocean.
As funny as it sounds, such was my thinking as regards the Bermuda Triangle up to the point of this research. However, the true facts are quite far from that and equally different from what majority of us believe to be true. In relation to this mystery place, there have been different stories reeled out, most of which were published to attract attention to the subject, and in most cases, the author. But one thing which is beyond doubt is that, no matter the mystery surrounding this place, it cannot be ignored because there have been too many questionable accidents that have happened in that location to be passed on as normal.
But there are questions that always come to mind whenever this subject is mentioned: What exactly is the Bermuda Triangle? Where is it located? Is there a map with which you can locate it? How large is the area? Why is it called the “Bermuda Triangle?” Will you ever know when you are crossing the dreaded line? How big is the area actually laid out in the Atlantic? Lets try to answer some of the questions posed above…
Bermuda Triangle is a strange triangular area off the South-Eastern coast of the United States and in the Atlantic Ocean. Many ships sailing through it or planes passing over it are said to have disappeared without a trace. In few of such cases where wrecks could be found, the crew had vanished. And such incidents have been happening for centuries. The three corners of the triangle are: Miami (in Florida); San Juan (in Puerto Rico); and Bermuda (a north-Atlantic island).
Here are some true facts you should know about the Bermuda Triangle:
- The Bermuda Triangle is a large area of ocean between Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda also known as “The Devil’s Triangle” because dozens of ships and planes have disappeared under mysterious circumstances in the area over the years.
- The Bermuda Triangle’s bad reputation started with Christopher Columbus. According to his log, on October 8, 1492, Columbus looked down at his compass and noticed that it was giving weird readings. He didn’t alert his crew at first, because having a compass that didn’t point to magnetic north may have sent the already on edge crew into a panic.
- You won’t find it on any official map and you won’t know when you cross the line, but according to some people, the Bermuda Triangle is a very real place where dozens of ships, planes and people have disappeared with no good explanation.
- The area of the Bermuda Triangle covers roughly 500,000 square miles.
- The name was not Bermuda Triangle at first. The area was initially called “Miami Triangle,” which Florida objected to, saying it will paint a bad image to its tourists. Puerto Rico also objected when it was called “Puerto Rico Triangle”. But then the Bermuda Island didn’t seem to bother when it was called “Bermuda Triangle.”
- The 21-square mile island of Bermuda which forms the third corner of the triangle is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. It was named after Spanish sea captain Juan de Bermúdez, who was the first known explorer to reach the islands in 1503. Bermuda Islands is also known as the “Isle of the Devils.”
- More than 1000 ships and planes have disappeared in the triangle area over the past five centuries and continue to do so with no human errors, equipment failures or even natural disasters.
- The Bermuda Triangle is not on any official map because the U. S. Board of Geographic Names and the US Navy does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle and does not maintain an official file on it. So you won’t know when you actually cross the line if you sail or fly in that direction.
Wikipedia listed a number of mysterious incidents that has happened in the Bermuda Triangle over the years. Some of them include:
1800: USS Pickering (1798), on course from Guadeloupe to Delaware, lost with 90 people on board.
1814: USS Wasp (1814), last known position was the Caribbean, lost with 140 people on board.
1824: USS Wild Cat (1822), on course from Cuba to Tompkins Island, lost with 14 people on board.
1840: Rosalie, found abandoned except for a canary.
1918: USS Cyclops, collier, left Barbados on March 4, lost with all 306 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.
1941: USS Proteus (AC-9), lost with all 58 persons on board in heavy seas, having departed St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands with a cargo of bauxite on 23 November.
1941: USS Nereus (AC-10) was lost with all 61 persons on board, having also departed St. Thomas with a cargo of bauxite, on 10 December.
1945: December 5, Flight 19 (five 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 six 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 three crew and 36 passengers, en route from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Miami.
1949: January 17, Avro Tudor G-AGRE Star Ariel lost with seven crew and 13 passengers, en route from Kindley Field, Bermuda, to Kingston Airport, Jamaica.
1962: January 8, A USAF KB 50 51-0465 was lost over the Atlantic between the US East Coast and the Azores.
1963: SS Marine Sulphur Queen, lost with all 39 crewmen, having departed Beaumont, Texas, on 2nd February with a cargo of 15,260 tons of sulphur.
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