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Bermuda Triangle: World's Greatest Mystery
Much have been written about the so-called Bermuda Triangle or The Devil's Triangle, the apexes of which are islands of Bermuda, Puerto Rico and a point of the Gulf of Mexico-west of Florida. It is a deceptive area of tiny coral islands, glittery beaches and blissfully beautiful waters, where powerful currents and sudden storms lurk behind its appealing exterior.
Stories about the mysteries lurking on the Triangle reached as far as Philippines during the World War II. Soldiers have so much to tell about the blown up stories of the disappearances of ships and planes in the dreaded area.
Way back, 2002, our container vessel passed the 'Triangle' when we unloaded cargo in Bahamas. We didn't experience unpredictable weather surge or turbulence because it's already April or summer. But, people of Bahamas still cautioned us about the mystery lurking in the area.
The Triangle of MysteryClick thumbnail to view full-size
Locations of Bermuda Triangle
Avoid the 'Triangle' during December and January
Disclaimer: The following are recorded facts about the missing or disappearance inside the 'Triangle'. The interpretations of experts and scientists regarding those 'mysteries' will be revealed here without biases. It's up for the readers to believe the 'reasons' behind according to the remains or leftover evidences and its occult-type of fascination about this subject.
Why ‘Triangle’? This southwestern quadrant of the North Atlantic have created a haunting zone where ships are found deserted with warm food in their galleys, planes vanish immediately after signaling that they are landing, and navigational compasses behave as if bewitched.
They attributed the eerie incidents to such diabolic forces as:
1. visitors from outer space who descend from spaceships to abduct human victims;
2. a space-time warp that traps its victims in another dimension;
3. the remains of a giant prism left by a sophisticated past civilization (they say the Atlantis) which sends out sinister rays when lunar and astral conditions reactivate it;
4. a giant void leading to the center of the Earth
Fascination with the subject has produced a torrent of books, films, and TV specials. Best-sellers include: The Bermuda Triangle, by linguist and scuba diver Charles Berlitz; The Devil’s Triangle by Richard Winer and Limbo of the Lost by John Wallace Spencer.
Fateful dates that became the topic of coffee chats, barbershop talks and the like include:
1. December 5, 1872 – The disappearance of the captain and eight-man crew of the brig Mary Celeste with sails set and cargo intact. The vessel was discovered rocking gently on a calm, misty morning near the Azores.
2. March 1918 – The U.S.S. Cyclops, a 19, 000 ton Navy collier bound from Rio de Janeiro to Norfolk with a cargo of manganese ore, carrying a 293-man crew disappeared mysteriously.
3. December 5, 1945 – The loss of Flight 19
4. December 5, 1946 – The Bahamas schooner City Belle, deserted by her crew.
5. Summer of 1947 – U.S. Air Force Superfortress was swallowed up 100 miles from the Bermuda coast.
6. January 30, 1948 – A British commercial airliner, Star Tiger, vanished after radioing Bermuda that all was well and they would land on schedule.
7. December 1948- A chartered DC-3 plane bound from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami, Florida was never heard of again.
8. In 1949 – Star Tiger’s sister ship, Star Ariel, was lost under similar circumstances.
9. January 1958 – The yacht Revonoc with her owner (millionaire publisher Harvey Conover) and four-man crew met a disaster while cruising from Key West to Miami, Florida. Only traces of the yacht were found: smashed lifeboat and a toilet seat.
10. December 22, 1967 – The 23-foot cabin cruiser Witchcraft set out from Miami on that night, few hours later, the owner radioed Miami Coast Guard for assistance due to damaged propeller. Ten minutes later, the Coast Guard was on the spot but no sign of the cruiser has ever found.
Note: The alleged disappearances of ships and planes have met misfortunes in the months of December and January, when boreal blasts and Christmas Winds blow across the Triangle, bringing huge swells and unpredictable weather conditions.
Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle c/o ccsse
Exposing the Mystery
That was before. The notion changes as modern technology clearly shows evidences that what we usually believe about it have hidden reasons that can be clearly explained by science.
Counter-revolution against the ‘Triangle’ fabulists started when Lawrence Kusche, a librarian at Arizona State University has written a book, The Bermuda Triangle Mystery-Solved, which exposed the Triangle fables case by case.
1. There was no Stavenger under Norwegian flag in 1931.
2. City Belle, battered by a sudden storm had signaled for distress. The American base on Great Exuma picked up the ‘Mayday alert’ and her crew was rescued!
3. In 1962, Coast Guard Captain Marshall Phillips, had his firsthand experience in such unpredictable area. While flying a routine sweep, found him without warning in the grip of a thunderstorm. In seconds, his plane was thrust violently downward, then upward like a slingshot pellet, as the cloud’s unleashed forces wlawed at his plane’s wings, almost snapping them off. He did not panic-and managed to right his plane and return to base. In his opinion, the Superfortress that vanished in 1947 must have flown into just such a thunderstorm-invisible to radar-and been destroyed.
4. Captain Phillips commented on the lost DC-3 and its carolers that the pilot reported that batteries in his radio-sending equipment were weak before takeoff. The wind had shifted strongly and, instead of being over south Florida, he was probably over the Gulf of Mexico and mistaking the lights of Key West for Miami. Finally, he ran out of gas and crashed. In the Coast Guard’s opinion, the two British Star planes could have run into thunderstorms, causing them to disintegrate, or driving them off course beyond their radio equipment.
5. Captain Phillips further commented on the lost of Flight 19 that Lt. C.C. Taylor commanding four student pilots and their crews-14 men in all, failed to switch to his clear emergency radio channel, which would have made it possible for shore stations to give him a fix on his position.
6. As for the lost of Martin Mariner, the freighter Gaines Mills reported a tremendous fiery bang in the area where the plane was flying. This was due to loose fuel connections in the face of turbulence that made it to blow up supplies.
7. For the disappearance of Cyclops, a diver working on another job near Norfolk, Virginia in 1968 spotted what could have been her wreckage. The cause of her demise was sudden wave hitting her broadside or starboard side causing to cave in on her hatch covers, seawater filling her holds, water logging her top-heavy cargo and tipping her over before anyone could send out an SOS (Mayday alert).
8. In 1975, Captain Adrian Lonsdale , of the US Coast Guard, was convinced that meteorological disturbances, mechanical failure and human error are the cause of the disasters. The perfect example of all three is the loss of the Witchcraft; one propeller was damaged that reduced her speed. According to the simulated reports, between the action of the currents, the efforts of the wind on her Bermuda top-a canvas covering which acted like a sail, and her reduced speed, she was probably carried north toward Ft, Lauderdale. From the sea, Lauderdale looks like Miami and her captain radioed that she was off Miami, where she was actually off Lauderdale.
SUMMATION: The Lloyd’s List of London reports that in the 70s an average of 400 ships a year were lost throughout the world. With the advent of GPRS (Global Positioning and Relay System, similar situations are now being prevented. Near-miss reports are now being administered by safety officer on board ship. Fewer casualties are reported. Causes of accidents at sea or air are now clearly defined, whether due to human errors or by nature (force majeure).
I guess anything we cannot understand is bound to be supernatural. If a ship is lost in a violet storm in what is known as the Triangle, to us it’s a disaster or a mystery.
But, we, human beings continue to explore and expose the whys, causes and effects of what is known as the Bermuda Triangle.
Anything mysterious or cannot be explained by simple known answers, without scrutinizing it closely will draw magnitude of believers.
The hush-hush about it will spread like fire, like this 'greatest mystery' that ever dwelt on Earth, the Bermuda Triangle.
Some Photos of Great Mysteries in the WorldClick thumbnail to view full-size
Other Amazing Mysteries of the World
The unexplainable things we've seen by our naked eyes are what interest us to know more about it. Archeologists, scientists and conspiracy theorists try hard to explain such phenomena or prevailing mysteries on Earth.
I'm sure we're all familiar of those things. I collated and categorized what i've reserched on the following:
- Strange Places - around the world are countless. Aside from Bermuda Triangle, I include the Rapa Nui or Easter Island with unexplainable huge stone statues; the Exuma Island near Florida where 'the fountain of youth' is said to be there, according to its owner, famed magician David Copperfield; Area 51 in Nevada is famous among conspiracy theorists.
- Strange Things - range from buildings, monuments and natural occurrences. To mention a few: the Pyramids & Sphinx of Egypt; the Stonehenge of England; Stone Spheres of Costa Rica; Nasca Lines in Peruvian desert; Shifting Sands of Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, among others.
- Strange Animals - The Mothman, Bigfoot, Jersey Devil, Loch Ness Monster (water horse). I'm sure, there are sightings of strange animals in many parts of the world. You can also share it here on my hub.
- Strange People - intelligent people of the past include: The Inca empire, Mayan civilization, the Atlantis and Lemurians.
Many mysterious occurrences are turned into books, films or documentary that draw followers and ardent believers. Topping them all is the 'ARK OF THE COVENANT', already included in the Holy Bible, but skeptics still question its authenticity.