The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle
Is it Paranormal or Science?
Most everyone has heard of the Bermuda Triangle. Whether it was a conversation, television, movie, or science class, most have heard of this topic. But what exactly is this phenomena that has history talking for hundreds of years? How come no one can explain its mysterious entrapment and circumstances? Although there has been many scientific explanations given for the tragic and odd events that have taken place in this almost perfect triangular area, why has none been absolutely certain or proven? Researchers have been stumped for years.
The History Of The Bermuda Triangle
Also referred to as Devil's Triangle, The Bermuda Triangle is a region that lies in the Atlantic Ocean between Puerto Rico, Bermuda Island, and Florida. With the points intersecting, it forms this legendary triangle hence the name. Throughout history, several aircrafts have flown into the triangle and have gone missing, as well as ships and people in unexplained circumstances. These mysterious events go beyond the explanations of human error, equipment malfunction and failure, or any sort of natural disaster. There are many theories that have been brought to the table though, including paranormal phenomena or even aliens. With all of that said, this is one of the most mysterious places on Earth.
Is it the Devil? Or maybe an alien home base, or my personal favorite- it is a mystical vortex that sucks people down into a third dimension. Since Columbus has explored this land, there has been many stories of curses, dragons, balls of fire, methane gas, sea monsters, and any other ridiculous supernatural superstitions you can think of. Columbus himself claimed to have seen a ball of fire in the sky. Is any of it true? I sincerely doubt it. Numerous scholars and writers have taken their turns in coming with up explanations and theories, like the ones above, without proven logic. Many include supernatural explanations, as well as some natural ones. Some of these explanations include:
- At the times of the incidents, engine failure was a common explanation given and that these boats or ships could have possibly been carried off by the Gulf Stream current.
- Human error or powerful hurricanes and other natural disasters.
- Compass problems
- Unusual magnetic anomalies that have been cited in many of the incidents does exist in the area. However, these type of anomalies exist in other parts as well. For example, another line runs from Wisconsin to the Gulf of Mexico where the magnetic and geographical north are both the same. Mishaps that occur in the Bermuda Triangle do not occur in these other parts. That pretty much rules out magnetic phenomena being the factor.
- The most common explanation is that of Atlantis. If you are unfamiliar in short, Atlantis is a lost city that legend says is completely submerged, supposedly somewhere in the Caribbean. In connection with the Bermuda Triangle, it is theory as an unexplained, paranormal reasoning for disappearances. Makes sense right? Atlantis disappeared and all who cross it maybe disappears too? No one knows.
Not including the few major episodes that I am about to list, if you were to add up all the minor incidents, you would come up with approximately 140 mysterious disappearances of ships and planes, and approximately 1,000 mysterious disappearances of people. So just who and what got sucked into a vortex while traveling in a hurricane to see the Devil at Atlantis?
- The discovery of the vessel Mary Celeste has become a major historical event of the triangle. On November 5, 1872, the vessel left the New York Harbour carrying a cargo of industrial alcohol. Captain Benjamin Spooner Briggs, his wife and two year old daughter, plus eight crew members were on board. On December 5, 1872, exactly one month later, another ship found the Mary Celeste abandoned and floating in the Atlantic around Portugal, about 400 miles off its intended course to Genoa, Italy. Not a single crew member was in sight on the ship nor any clues as to where they were or what may have happened to them. The lifeboat was missing, which could possibly indicate that they themselves abandoned the ship during a storm. But what is interesting is that even though the ship was not found in the triangle per say, (it could have floated), no one was ever found. Ever!
- In 1918, the USS Cyclops left Barbados on March 4th heading for Baltimore, MD. It never made it, and all 309 members were never found.
- In 1969, the keepers of The Great Issac Lighthouse in Bimini, Bahamas, (where the triangle intersects), disappeared and was never found.
- In 1948, flight Avro Tudor G-AHNP Star Tiger was en route from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami. It disappeared and never recovered with 6 crew members and 25 passengers lost.
These are just some of the many incidents recalled from reports that were linked to the Bermuda Triangle. It could be that whatever happened to these flights and sails had absolutely nothing to do with this supposed curse. But I point out, all of these incidents, besides the Mary Celeste, had crossed into the triangle. Also, none of these air crafts, boats, ships, or people were ever recovered. Of course they could very well be at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, or Atlantis for that matter. But doesn't it all seem odd? Maybe the story of the F19 Flight will prove to be more convincing.
The Bermuda Triangle got tired of warm weather. It moved to Alaska. Now Santa Claus is missing.— Steven Wright
Naval Air Flight 19 is the most famous story that surrounds The Bermuda Triangle. Five Avenger torpedo bombers took off from the Naval Air Station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for practice on December 5th, 1945. They never made it back home. The mission? Let's recall the facts.
- Lt. Charles Taylor along with four other Avenger bombers took off in the Florida Keys heading for the Bahamas. Taylor was familiar with the Keys but he never flew over to the Bahamas before. Their mission that day was bombing practice exactly fifty-six miles away. When accomplished, the Avengers were then supposed to continue eastward for another sixty-seven miles, head North for seventy-three miles, and then finally turn southwest and head home. The flight path? A triangle throughout the Bermuda Triangle.
- That afternoon at 3:50 p.m., one pilot and his flight instructor, Lt. Robert Cox, were getting ready to land at Fort Lauderdale when they overheard a flight transmission. The transmission was directed at a somebody named Powers. Powers then replied, "I don't know where we are. We must have gotten lost after that last turn."
- It was a little later when Cox managed to get radio contact with another Avenger lost at sea. It was Lt. Taylor who by now informed Cox that his compasses were malfunctioning and he was sure they were somewhere in the Florida Keys and he was not sure how to get to Fort Lauderdale from where he was. Cox instructed Taylor to fly North towards Miami. Sadly, Taylor was not in the Florida Keys like he thought, but in the Bahamas, and Cox instructions had him flying further out to sea.
- With a brewing storm ahead, communication was getting more and more difficult. At this point, no one knew Flight 19's location and well after sundown at 6:20 p.m., the first rescue crafts were sent out. The seas were rough and the weather was overcast making the situation escalate. One flight was a Martin Mariner whom many presumably believe to have gotten lost in the Bermuda Triangle as well, but facts show that the flight exploded shortly after takeoff, making this day even more tragic.
- It was presumed by this time that Flight 19 had ran out of fuel and many assumed that the flight had indeed went down. Despite that fact, the search continued well throughout the night and hundreds of planes and ships joined in the following day. Lt. Taylor's last transmission was heard at 7:04 p.m. and nothing of the Avengers or the Mariner have ever been found.
- On November 19th, the official statement from The Board for Corrections of Naval Records left the Flight 19 disaster to "causes or reasons unknown."
Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle
Are You Convinced?
Though the incidents do become quite odd, is it really safe to believe that these disappearances all link to this triangle, and if they do then just what is the cause of all this? Accidents happen all the time. Planes crash, boats sink, people disappear. The myths surrounding this area have gone on for hundreds of years with many versions and theories which honestly do not always add up with the facts. This intriguing topic is often seen as fraud to most and I cannot honestly say whether I believe or not. Weird things happen, but I also believe that somewhere lies the answer, maybe even a scientific one, as to why this triangle has stumped millions of people for decades. Somewhere the truth lies in these tricky waters whether it be raging storms, magnetic declination, to equipment malfunction. Whatever the case, I know I sure would not set sail in these waters. Just in case!
Legend or Myth?
Do you believe that some sort of paranormal explanation exists for this location?
© 2011 Brianna W