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    If the disappearance in 1872 of the Mary Celeste remains preemiment among maritime mysteries, the Bermuda Triangle must run it a close second.

    Though identified as such only as recently as 1964 (in the book Invisible Horizons by Vincent Gaddis), strange anomalies and disappearances on this stretch of water have been recorded as far back as 1492 when ChristopherColumbus and his crew reportedly observed what they called a 'flame of fire' flashing across the sky.

    More than 400 years later, Charles Lindberg noticed his compass spinning wildly during his 1928 translatlantic flight in the Spirit of St Louis. And in the 1970s, a US coastguard cutter suffered a complete electronic failure in the area following reports from the crew of a strange green light above the clouds.

    Not surprisingly many are sceptical about the whole thing, pointing out that, with 150,000 boats a year and thousands of aircraft entering the area, a certain proportion are bound to run into trouble. But others remain convinced that something strange is going on in the area bounded by Bermuda, Costa Rica and Miami Beach - and that it has been doing so for centuries.

    10 famous Bermuda Triangle incidents.

    Mystery island

    A member of the crew of Hollyhock, a US coastguard cutter patrolling the area in the summer of 1974, spotted an unknown land mass on the ship's radar. This was despite the ship's charts showing it to be an area of open water, and after the radar equipment had been checked repeatedly for any faults.

    Such false readings are not uncommon and can be due to bad weather conditions. At the same time, however, crew members observed that no local radio communication was possible while the land mass was 'visible' although normal transmissions were possible between the ship and the distant shore.

    UFO cloud

    In December 1970 experienced private pilot Bruce Gernon Jr identified a large, doughnut-shaped cloud reaching down to sea level and flew into it. Before coming out other side he noticed that all his instruments had temporarily stopped working and that he had quickly lost contact with radar control.

    Gernon nevertheless reached his destination unharmed and with his aircraft undamaged by what he called the electronic fog. The 250-mile journey had been completed in just 47 minutes, however - an hour and 15 was more usual - and Gernon has never been able to explain or account for the discrepancy.

    USS Cyclops

    The disappearance in early March 1918 of Lieutenant Commander GW Worley and his crew of 309 remains the largest single non-combat loss of life in the history of the US navy.

    Bermuda Triangle mysteries: USS Cyclops(Public domain)

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    No satisfactory explanation has ever emerged for the 1918 disappearance of the USS Cyclops

    Their ship, the USS Cyclops, went missing after leaving Barbados. No trace of any wreckage was ever found.

    Although the loss has variously been put down to bad weather and renegade enemy action, no wholly satisfactory answer has emerged.

    The loss of two sister ships in the north Atlantic, however, perhaps suggests that the vessels had a design flaw and so suffered a catastrophic hull failure.

    Flight 19

    The Flight 19 incident, referenced in Steven Spielberg's movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, involved the loss of five Grumman torpedo-bombers and nine crewmembers - and a dozen more on the flying boat sent to search for them - in December 1945.

    Officially the loss was ascribed to navigational error with all five bombers running out of fuel.

    Some continue to argue against this thesis, however. They point out that although some of the pilots were trainees still learning the technique of navigating by dead-reckoning, the experienced flight leader US navy Lieutenant CC Taylor had logged around 2,500 hours mostly in aircraft of this type.

    VA Fogg

    Tanker VA Fogg sank with all hands in 1972 (and is now a popular dive site) and is one of many losses which have been put down to human error. The vessel set sail from Freeport, Texas, for Galveston, pausing to clean tanks of benzene residue before attempting to deliver a cargo of xylene.

    The ship is known to have exploded en route (a column of smoke was observed rising 10,000 feet) and sunk in 100 feet of water. A subsequent coastguard enquiry revealed a lack of training by the crew in venting and cleaning hazardous loads which can explode if they come in contact with an electrical charge.

    Blame the weather


    A privately owned pleasure vessel, the Connemara IV was reportedly found adrift and abandoned south of Bermuda towards the end of September 1955. Her crew of five was nowhere to be found and, according to some reports, the boat had survived no fewer than three hurricanes without sinking.

    In fact it is now known that only one hurricane ('Edith') came near Bermuda at this time of year, doing so at a time when the Connemara was still in port and unoccupied. The most likely explanation is that Hurricane Edith caused the boat to slip her moorings, after which she drifted out to sea.

    Raifuku Maru

    The Japanese-registered freighter Raifuku Maru is frequently said to have been lost in April 1925 together with 38 crew. The vessel reportedly sank after sending out an unintelligible SOS signal reading "Danger like dagger now. Come quick".

    In fact, the ship sank off Nova Scotia, without sending such a signal.

    Many such losses are anecdotalised in this fashion and, long after the event, the fictionalised version of the story becomes the accepted one. In a similar fashion, the boundaries of the triangle occasionally expand to take in other areas as enthusiasts seek to provide more cases and 'evidence' for their cause.

    The bonkers businessman

    An example of the triangle expanding outside its normal borders, the Teignmouth Electron was crewed by DonaldCrowhurst in the 1968/9 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. The trimaran was found abandoned south of the Azores on 10 July 1969 and, having left England the previous October, Crowhurst was never seen again.

    In fact, the mystery is easily explained. Hoping to save his business by appearing to win the race, Crowhurst dropped out early but wrote up his log each day to falsely 'prove' his progress. Presumably insane, he is thought to have jumped overboard when he lost faith in his hapless scheme.

    Gloria Colita

    The way in which logic can give way to legend is perhaps best demonstrated by the case of the schooner GloriaColita. According to more recent accounts, the vessel was found drifting, abandoned but in good order, in calm seas 200 miles south of Mobile in the Gulf of Mexico in early 1940.

    Looking at contemporary newspaper reports a very different scenario emerges, however. Severe weather had hit the area and with Gloria's rigging shredded, her rudder shattered and the hull waterlogged, the captain sensibly instructed his crew to abandon ship in order to improve their chances of survival.

    Ellen Austin

    In 1881 the Ellen Austin is said to have come across a derelict ship and put a crew on board to take it back to New York. However, the ship disappeared only to reappear minus the replacement crew, a trick it repeated when second attempt was made to recover the vessel.

    The celebrated marine insurer Lloyds of London was unable to confirm any of this, however, listing a ship called the Ellen Austin but making no mention of any missing crew members. In fact, such independent verification rarely supports triangle claims of this sort. Lloyds maintains that the area has not claimed an especially high number of victims.

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    From my countless metaphysical researches, what I've read about the Bermuda Triangle is this.

    Some kind of machine, which looks like a mirror or something like that, was used to travel between dimensions during the Atlantis civilization. When the continent was destroyed, this device/mirror kind of broke apart, the largest piece is what has been causing the disappearance of ships and planes in the Atlantic ocean. Depending on how the waves/winds move it, depending on the angle, you will vanish if you are on its radar.

    In my opinion since its job was inter dimensional travelling, whoever was in its vicinity during that specific time and angle when it could zap objects out (don't know if I'm using the correct terms here), you will find yourself in another dimension.
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    There is more to the universe than we know or think we know or would ever know. We just have to have an open mind and not debunk outrightly what is hard to comprehend or what may seem a fallacy.For all you know,there is another you alive and well in another dimension you are soon to meet.
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    In the olden days, during the slave trade, the slave masters and merchants upon hearing that the trade had been abolished dumped all the slaves they were carrying into the deep sea(The ships were around the Bermuda area).

    So it is our fore fathers haunting the seas enacting their revenge. There has not been a single Black person disappearing or dying as a result of the Bermuda Triangle phenomena.

    There you go, another theory for yall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q' lypse View Post
    From my countless metaphysical researches, what I've read about the Bermuda Triangle is this.

    Some kind of machine, which looks like a mirror or something like that, was used to travel between dimensions during the Atlantis civilization. When the continent was destroyed, this device/mirror kind of broke apart, the largest piece is what has been causing the disappearance of ships and planes in the Atlantic ocean. Depending on how the waves/winds move it, depending on the angle, you will vanish if you are on its radar.

    In my opinion since its job was inter dimensional travelling, whoever was in its vicinity during that specific time and angle when it could zap objects out (don't know if I'm using the correct terms here), you will find yourself in another dimension.
    heard something similar
    statistics are what other people have chosen to make real.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post
    In the olden days, during the slave trade, the slave masters and merchants upon hearing that the trade had been abolished dumped all the slaves they were carrying into the deep sea(The ships were around the Bermuda area).

    So it is our fore fathers haunting the seas enacting their revenge. There has not been a single Black person disappearing or dying as a result of the Bermuda Triangle phenomena.

    There you go, another theory for yall.
    lol lol lol lol ... that works too
    statistics are what other people have chosen to make real.

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