It is a place that belongs to both the world of science and fantasy. It is found in the Caribbean Sea and sparks interest for the mysteries that stem from its existence. Boats and people are said to have disappeared there and disappearances have been recorded since 1880.
Endless stories about the place range from the presence of furious gigantic marine animals to manipulative extra-terrestrial activities, because rumours, legends and fantastic fabrications spread quickly, and this is one of those cases.
The Triangle is considered to be a truly deadly location by the general public, as well as scientists and non-scientists, and covers an area of 1.1 million square kilometres off the south-eastern tip of Florida. The geographic area is bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico. Stories of strange happenings there can be traced back to the 15th century, when Christopher Columbus discovered the New World. One night, when he was sailing through the area, he was astonished to see a great ball of fire, presumably a meteorite, crash into the sea, and he said that the ship’s compass gave erratic readings in the Bermuda waters.
According to the Admiral, weeks after spotting the flaming meteorite, a strange light appeared in the distance. Columbus’ observations, together with the obvious ignorance of the crew, gave birth to fantasies that stood the test of time, despite the technical and scientific advances recorded in the following five centuries.
Since then, that area of the Atlantic Ocean has stood out in the imaginary world as a mythical area associated with endless superstitions that are related to, or rather interwoven with, historical facts, which, at times, makes it difficult to identify where fantasy ends and reality begins.
It is initially estimated that a thousand people, two dozen aircraft and 50 boats have inexplicably disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle since the 20th century. Many of these alleged victims of ‘accidents’ rose to fame, as was the case with the USS Cyclops.
There are, however, sources that tell us that the number of lost ships and aircraft is much greater throughout history: five thousand and six thousand respectively, although probably even these figures are modest, as many estimations are made based on these means of transport having radio communication.
This means that these statistics do not include the unreported disappearances before 1901, when the invention of radio transmissions was officially made by the Italian engineer Guglielmo Marconi, although it is still debated whether it was him or the Croatian, Nikola Tesla, or the Spaniard, Julio Cervera, who were responsible.
It is generally claimed that disappearances began to be recorded in 1880, with the British frigate Atalanta, but the American investigator, Adi-Kent Jeffrey, reports cases from 1609.
Stories and theories
The USS Cyclops, a U.S. Navy supply vessel, disappeared in March 1918, just over 100 years ago, with around 300 passengers on a Barbados to Baltimore trip. It was seen for the last time on 9 March that year near the Triangle, then its whereabouts were unknown. It disappeared without a trace.
30 years later, in the middle of the Cold War, a DC-3 aircraft on a commercial flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami, with 29 passengers and three crew members, also disappeared. It was declared that the plane was lost in the darkness of the night when it was approaching its destination, but there were many doubts about that.
Official reports on the matter refer to various potential causes, among them the malfunction of batteries needed for the plane, possible overloading, electrical system failures and communication problems. All we really know is that the aircraft was never heard from again.
One case that really motivated investigators and writers was that of the oil tanker Marine Sulphur Queen that disappeared along with its 39 crew members on 4 February 1963, over 55 years ago, although the Coast Guard did find some remains. The loss of this ship resonated widely in the international shipping industry.
For many years, similar events spread the speculations of ordinary people and gossips, who explained these events with the help of ever intriguing extra-terrestrial visits or events foreseen by fortune-telling cards and/or stellar predictions.
Far from outlandish discussions, there are scientific theories that contain interesting ideas, namely that there is no terrifying maritime area there, citing the fact that the city of Freeport is within the area, with an important shipyard and an airport that handles 50 thousand flights a year, and is visited by more than one million tourists.
In that area, there are also violent and unexpected storms and sudden climatic changes. Such meteorological events are short but intense and can come and go quickly, which can cause obvious navigation problems, adds the expert. (PL)
(Translated by Rachel Hatt – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) – Photo: Pixabay