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ANECDOTES OF THE FABLED OCEANIC REGION

Updated: Jul 13, 2023

A great many ships and planes have disappeared without a trace within the illusive Bermuda Triangle enclosed by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico. The cause of these accidents still remains unknown.


SHIPWRECKS and ACCIDENTS AT SEA - The first ship vanished in 1800 named "USS Pickering" with 91 people on board. This was followed by a series of disappearances from the "USS Wasp", 1814, whose last known location was the Caribbean (lost with 140 people on board) to a 19 foot boat and the "SS El Faro", 2015, losing two 14 year old boys and a crew of 33 people respectively. The pair's boat was found on the coast of Bermuda a year later but they were never seen again. The "SS El Faro" was recognized 15000 feet below the surface by a search crew.

One of the most bizarre incidents occurred in 1881 when a sailing ship "Ellen Austin" came across a abandoned vessel and assigned a crew to sail it to port. There are two versions of the legend stating what happened to the vessel; it was either lost in a storm or rediscovered void of a crew. Lawrence David Kusche, the author of the "Bermuda triangle Mystery-Solved", investigated the alleged escapade and didn't find any mention in the newspapers of 1880 or 1881, rather the origin of the legend was traced back to a book by Rupert Gould called "The Stargazer Talks", published in 1943. However, evidence exhibits that the "Ellen Austin" did exist, as records from Lloyd's of London confirmed the existence of a ship named "Meta", which was renamed "Ellen Austin" in 1880.

There are no documented reports of casualties or missing crew members from this ship or any other vessel during that time, proposing that the claim of a large number of men being placed on a derelict that later disappeared is unconfirmed. Although one website mentions this alleged incident with the derelict ship, it acknowledges that Rupert Gould discussed the legend on the radio in the 1930s. Correspondingly, the website traces the story of the derelict ship to a newspaper article from June 1906, which claims that the article occurred in 1891. However, the 1906 article does not provide a reference for the source of this story.


AERONAUTICAL MISHAPS - The series of aircraft disasters around the Devil's Triangle started all the way back in 1945. On December 5, 1945 flight 19 "TBF Avengers" lost with 14 airmen, and later on the same day the "PBM Mariner" BuNo 59225 disappeared with 13 airmen while looking for flight 19. This was the first of many incidents leading to the one of the last recorded mishaps in 2017 on February 23 and May 15 respectively. On February 23, 2017, the Turkish Airlines flight TK183 was forced to change its course from Havana, Cuba to Washington Dulles airport after some mechanical and electrical complications over the triangle. On May 15, 2017, a private MU-2B aircraft was at 24,000 feet when it vanished from radar and radio contact with air traffic controllers in Miami. The wreckage of the plane was discovered at a later point in time.

One of the strangest aeronautical accident occurred on June 9, 1965, a C-119 Flying Boxcar belonging to the 440th Troop Carrier Wing of the USAF went missing during its flight from Florida to Grand Turk Island. The final communication from the plane was received when it was located slightly north of Crooked Island, Bahamas, approximately 177 miles away from Grand Turk Island. Subsequently, on July 18, 1965, fragments from the aircraft were discovered on the shoreline of Gold Rock Cay, situated near the north-eastern coast of the Acklins Island.


TRAGEDY ON SURFACE - There is only one recorded incident that occurred in the vicinity the triangle. In August, 1969, amid a hurricane, two lighthouse keepers stationed at the Great Isaac Lighthouse in Bimini, Bahamas, vanished without a trace and were never located.


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Jul 13, 2023
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The balanced approach of this article provided me with valuable information to form my own opinion. Thanks for sharing!

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