The Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle is also known as the Devil’s Triangle or Hurricane Alley.

The name Bermuda Triangle was first given to the area by Vincent H Gaddis in 1964, in an article that he wrote for Argosy Magazine.

The Bermuda Triangle is located in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Bermuda Triangle covers about 500,000 square miles. It lies between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda.

The Bermuda Triangle sits in an area of the Atlantic Ocean where a number of planes and ships have disappeared under peculiar circumstances. It is only one of two areas on Earth where magnetic compasses do not operate properly.

As a matter of fact, the Bermuda Triangle is actually not triangle at all, it has no particular shape, nor does it have any official boundary whatsoever. You will not even find it on a map, as the U.S Navy does not believe it even exists, while it is not recognized by the U.S Board on Geographic Names.

Christopher Columbus was one of the first to report of erratic compass readings on his first voyage in 1492, as he landed on an island in the Bahamas.

Stories go back as far as the 1800’s of ships and airplanes vanishing without trace, sometimes wreckage was never found. People blamed the disappearances on mysterious or supernatural forces. Some people even swear that they have seen UFO (Unidentified Flying Objects) activity in the Bermuda Triangle.

Others also believe of some ancient witchcraft practiced by the local natives of the area are somehow responsible for the disappearance of ships and planes.

A play written in 1611 by William Shakespeare called “The Tempest,” was taught to be based on a real life shipwreck in Bermuda.

It was only in the 20th century that reports of unexplained disappearances in the area caught public attention.

During the last century alone, it has been said that more than 50 ships and 20 planes have gone down or gone missing in the Bermuda Triangle. It is even taught that large swirls of water sucked in the ships and planes, and transported them to another place and time.

Abandoned ships or boats that have been involved in some kind of unexplained or paranormal activity are called “ghost Ships.”

One such ghost ship was the Mary Celeste, which was spotted adrift in the choppy seas of the Atlantic Ocean, in December 1872. When it was boarded, the crewmen’s belongings were still in their quarters and there was a six month supply of food and water, but there was not a soul on board.

The Mary Celeste.

In March of 1918, the Bermuda Triangle received a lot of public attention when a Navy cargo ship called the USS Cyclops sank in the area. The strange fact was that the ship had the ability to send out an SOS distress call to signal it needed help, but it never did.

The Cyclops was nearly 550 feet long and had a crew of 306, but something went wrong and no one was ever seen again. Everything and everyone just vanished.

In 1941, during WWII, two of Cyclops sister ships, the Proteus and the Nereus were both lost at sea with all its crew in the same area where the Cyclops disappeared. Wreckage has never been located, nor the actual cause of their disappearance.


The reputation of the Bermuda Triangle deepened in December 1945. Flight 19 was a group of 5 Navy torpedo bombers, who took off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and failed to return. It was a training exercise led by experienced Commander, Charles Taylor. The bombers were 3-seater planes, and other than Taylor, there were 13 others in the different planes, who were all trainees.

It was 7.04 pm, when the last transmission was received at the control tower from the flight. After that, it went all silent. Around 250,000 square miles of the area in the Atlantic Ocean over the next five days was searched thoroughly, by the coast guards, the navy, and by air, but no trace was found of any wreckage whatsoever. There is many theories of what happened that night, but it still remains a mystery up until this day.

The most remarkable coincidence is that on the same day of the mysterious disappearance of Flight 19, a rescue plane and its 13 man crew deployed to search for the missing bombers also disappeared.

On the 30th of January 1948, an aircraft called the Star Tiger with 25 passengers and 6 crew members disappeared on a flight to Bermuda from the Azores in the Bermuda Triangle.

On the 17th of January 1949, an aircraft called the Star Ariel with 13 passengers and 7 crew members disappeared on a flight from Bermuda to Jamaica.

On the 26th of September 1955, a yacht called the Connemara IV was found adrift with no crew or passengers in the Bermuda Triangle.

There has been many more rumors and tales of other mysterious events and disappearances throughout the centuries, however most of the investigations that have been done around the Bermuda Triangle come up with the same theory, that these events most likely happened because of human error or bad weather. What do you believe !!

The Bermuda Triangle is one of the rare places on Earth were a compass does not work properly, so maybe this creates confusion and this is why so many ships and planes lost their course in the triangle. (WHO KNOWS !!)