The Bermuda Triangle

Are the different stories of the Bermuda Triangle true? It is considered one of the biggest mysteries of our time, and nobody knows for sure if it is an actual phenomenon or just a made-up story. There are many different theories floating around the world trying to explain the unusual disappearances of planes and ships within the Bermuda Triangle. Could it be UFOs or a sea monster in the ocean? What if there were pockets of gas lodged deep in the ocean floor that caused ships to sink to the bottom and planes to explode in mid-air? Or could it just be people getting caught in the wrong place at the wrong time?

The Bermuda Triangle is located in the Atlantic Ocean. The points of the triangle are said to be Bermuda; Miami, Fla; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, however no maps show the actual boundaries of the triangle.[1] They are simply an estimate based on different people’s beliefs. But these three places have come to be known as the “boundaries” of the Triangle.

The term “Bermuda Triangle” first came about in an article written by Vincent H. Gaddis for Argosy magazine in 1964. He claimed that within the triangle a number of ships and planes had disappeared without any explanation. In Fate Magazine (1952), George X. Sands noted an unusually large number of strange accidents in the region, but never used the term “Bermuda Triangle.”

There were also other published works about the Triangle. For example, in 1969, John Wallace Spencer wrote a book called Limbo of the Lost. It was the first book written solely on the subject of the Triangle. Two years later, a feature documentary on “The Devil’s Triangle,” another name used for the Triangle. This was published in 1974.[2]

Even though the first stories written about the Triangle didn’t appear until the 1950’s, there have been reports that Christopher Columbus could have experienced the Bermuda Triangle’s “weirdness.”[3] As Columbus’s three ships, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria sailed through the Triangle’s region in 1492, it was reported that the compasses went “haywire.” Reports also indicated that his crew saw weird lights in the sky, however these events can never be confirmed since all members of the crew are dead and the stories might have been twisted as they passed through the different generations.

We can however, receive some credibility from Columbus’s journal. He wrote about an inaccuracy with his compass, but that is most likely can be attributed to the variation between true north and magnetic north. Columbus also wrote about the lights saying he saw “a great flame of fire” crash into the ocean. Today, researchers say it was most likely a meteor. He also reported seeing lights on October 11, which happens to be the day before he landed in the Bahamas. Now, the lights are said to be brief flashes near the horizon, seen because of the different landforms on the coast.

The first time the legend of the Bermuda Triangle was actually taken seriously was the disappearance of Flight 19. It took place on December 5, 1945 during a routine training mission, when five Navy Avenger bombers vanished without a trace. Not only did the five Navy planes disappear, but a search plane sent out to try to rescue them was gone also. All in all, six aircraft and 27 men were lost, and nothing was ever found of them.[4] This seems pretty weird and unusual, and it is, but when all the facts came about, these disappearances could be explained much more logically than thought of before.

Out of all the crewmen that were part of Flight 19, only one was experienced, patrol leader Lt. Charles Taylor. However, some reports say that even Taylor was not up to the mission’s duties. Reports later said that he was suffering from a hangover and tried to pass off his flight duty to someone else, but was unable to. So now we have four inexperienced pilots and a patrol leader still feeling the effects of too many beers the night before. Not exactly the perfect situation.

Not far into flight, Taylor realized that his compass was malfunctioning. He decided to fly on pure gut feeling and started navigating by