Bermuda Triangle, or Devil’s Triangle, is the name given to an area
that has been at the center of many unexplained disappearances. The
Bermuda Triangle lies between Bermuda, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Within this area of water, numerous planes and ships have mysteriously
mystery of the Bermuda Triangle began in 1950. A small article appeared
outlining the strange disappearances of ships and planes. The area was
given the name The Devil’s Sea. In a feature in 1964, Vincent Gaddis
christened the area the Bermuda Triangle.
One of the most famous
disappearances occurred in 1945. Flight 19 was a squadron of five naval
bombers. All five planes supposedly disappeared while flying over the
Bermuda Triangle. The two planes that set out to rescue Flight 19 also
disappeared and were never found. Naval ships such as the USS Cyclops
and the Marine Sulpher Queen also disappeared without a trace.
disappearance was that of Donald Crowhurst, who was attempting an
around the world voyage. A large ship carrying ore also mysteriously
vanished after only three days at sea. An official statement by the US
Coastguard states that repeated search attempts were made, but no
traces were ever found of the missing planes or ships.
of the Bermuda Triangle phenomenon reached a peak in 1974 with the
publication of Charles Berlitz’s book, The Bermuda Triangle. At around
the same time, a film with the same name was also released. Numerous
articles and books have since been published to try and give scientific
explanations to the mystery. Some of the explanations have been more
stretch of water where the disappearances occurred is notorious for
tropical storms. Many of the reports at the time claim that the ships
and planes were lost in calm waters. Weather reports checked since do
not agree with these reports. Also, the area of water under the
triangle has large areas of methane gas eruptions. These eruptions
create areas of gas that are incapable of supporting the weight of a
Lawrence Kusche, a reference librarian at Arizona State
University, conducted a lengthy investigation into the mystery. His
conclusions cast doubt on many of the disappearances. David Crowhurst’s
diaries prove his mental state to be suicidal as he sailed around the
world. An area of the sea off of Japan has the same strange magnetic
elements as that of the Bermuda Triangle. Many disappearances have also
are also a number of discrepancies in the reports of the Flight 19
disappearance. Flight 19 was reported to have been manned by
experienced pilots flying in calm weather. In fact, the flight was a
training exercise for students and the weather had turned stormy. The
last contact whe flight stated that they were running low on fuel.
The flight would no doubt have crash-landed, and no one could have
survived the stormy seas of the triangle.
For all Kusche’s
credible explanations of the disappearances, one mystery remains. None
of the crashed planes were ever recovered. As a mystery, the Bermuda
Triangle is one that may never be solved. It is certainly an area that
wouve cause for concern to anyone traveling across.