There are some locations that will always contain a shroud of mystery, and the Bermuda Triangle is one of them. Also known as the Devil's Triangle, the Bermuda Triangle stretches between Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico. It's boundaries are nebulous, and it's rumored to be between 500,000 to 1,510,000 sq. feet. Many planes, boats and people have vanished without a trace in this region. And nobody knows why.
Whether you think it's extraterrestrials, electro-magnetic fields or just good branding, the Bermuda Triangle holds an allure. The stories of planes and ships disappearing without a trace are undoubtedly interesting. Here are some mysterious disappearances that still have us scratching our heads decades and even centuries later.
Named after Timothy Pickering, the tenth secretary of state, the USS Pickering was used during the Quasi War with France. The naval schooner ship departed from Boston in June of 1800. The ship took a pit stop in Newcastle, Delaware before heading towards the Bermuda Triangle. It was never seen again.
In 1880, the Ellen Austin set sail from London to New York. While on their voyage, the crew came across a derelict ship. Deciding to tow it back, some of the crew of the Ellen Austin boarded the ship. A storm separated the Ellen Austin and the mystery ship. The ship vanished, but was spotted again later with an entirely different crew aboard.
In 1918, the USS Cyclops was in route from Brazil to Baltimore. One of the ship's engines was inoperational due to a cracked cylinder, making the voyage doomed from the start. The USS Cyclops made an emergency stop in Barbados before continuing on. Nobody knows what happened to the USS Cyclops after it left Barbados, for the entire ship and the 306 people onboard completely vanished.
In 1945, five US Navy Avenger torpedo bombers left Ft. Lauderdale for a routine three-hour exercise. Collectively known as Flight 19, all five planes vanished. During the exercise, flight leader Lt. Charles C. Taylor believed his compass was malfunctioning and they were headed in the wrong direction. And an incoming storm only made them more confused. Over the radio, disagreements on whether they should be flying east or west could be heard. Eventually, the planes ran out of fuel, and then... nothing. The Navy sent out search planes for Flight 19, but no traces of Flight 19 could be found.
On July 3, 1947, a C-54 Skymaster left Bermuda and immediately went off course. Perhaps if they had stayed on their intended course, the six on board the flight would have been fine. But the flight didn't, and instead flew directly into the eye of a bad storm. Two faint distress calls were made, low and garbled, followed by nothing but silence. The reason why the pilot flew into the storm remains a mystery.
On January 28, 1948 Star Tiger took off from Lisbon for Bermuda with a short stop in Santa Maria for refueling. But when the plane got to Santa Maria, the weather was so bad the Captain decided to delay the departure until the next day. On January 29, the flight took off. At 3:15 a.m., the Bermuda radio operator received the plane's position. When the operator tried to check in with the plane at 3:50 a.m., he got no response. There was no response when he tried again at 4:05 a.m. or at 4:40 a.m. There were no distress calls made. They just vanished without a trace.
An Airborne Transport DC-3 was on route from Puerto Rico to Miami on December 28, 1948. At 4:13 a.m., Captain Robert Linquist sent a transmission saying the plane was 50 miles south of Florida and would arrive in 20 minutes. 20 minutes later, the plane never showed up. The plane vanished and the crew and its 28 passengers were never heard from again.
A carrier aircraft containing Naval officers and their families from Maryland to a military base in Azores left the land in 1954. When the plane hit the Bermuda Triangle, the plane and its 42 passengers vanished without a trace. No distress calls were made. No wreckage from a crash was ever found. Nothing.
When Captain Dan Burack left Miami on his luxury cabin cruiser Witchcraft on December 22, 1967, he didn't think anything of it. He and his friend, Father Patrick Horgan, went out just far enough to see the Christmas lights back on shore. But at 9 p.m., the Coast Guard received a call saying he had hit something. When they arrived at the location of Witchcraft 19 minutes later, both the vessel and its passengers were gone without a trace.
The Bermuda Triangle still continues to mystify people into the 21st century. In 2005, a Piper-PA airplane vanished somewhere between Fort Pierce, Florida and Treasure Cay Island, Bahamas. Even though technology has advanced rapidly in the 21st century, the mysterious occurrences in the Bermuda Triangle still continue to happen, and we still have no explanation for them.
In 2008, a plane took off from the Santiago airport headed towards New York. The plane went off the radar 35 minutes after departure, somewhere around the West Caicos Island. A search for the plane and its 12 passengers took place, but they were never found.
On September 30, 2015, container ship SS El Faro left Jacksonville, Florida, on route to Puerto Rico. The next day, a category 3 hurricane encircled the ship. Since the ship had to battle 90 mph winds and waves up to 40 feet, its no mystery that it sank. But how it sank is more peculiar. The ship was found 15,000 feet below the surface of the ocean in one piece and sitting upright. How does a ship stay in tact like that?