The reason I chose my topic to be the Bermuda Triangle is because the
Bermuda Triangle has long been a mystery to me and I am sure it has been a
mystery to a number of other people.
The Bermuda Triangle, also called the Devil's Triangle, is an area in the
Pacific Ocean off the southeast coast of Florida and is responsible for the
disappearances of ships and airplanes on a number of occasions. These
disappearances have led to speculation about unexplainable turbulences and
other atmospheric disturbances. Violent storms and downward air currents
occur frequently there, but studies have not revealed any significant peculiarities
about the area in question.
The boundaries of the Bermuda Triangle are formed by imaginary lines
from Melbourne, Florida, to Bermuda, to Puerto Rico, and back to Florida.
The Bermuda Triangle occupies a disturbing and almost unbelievable
place in the world's catalog of unexplained mysteries. More than a hundred
planes and ships have vanished into thin air.
Most of them since 1945. More
than a thousand lives have been lost in the last twenty-six years. No bodies or
wreckage from ships have been found. The disappearances have not stopped
happening either. Many planes have vanished while in radio contact with their
base, or terminal destination until the very moment of their disappearance. Lots
of them have radioed extraordinary messages saying that they couldn't get their
instruments to function, and that their compasses were spinning, and that the
sky had turned yellow and hazy on a clear day and that the ocean which was
calm near by did not look right, without further clarification of what was wrong.
A group of five planes, a flight of Navy TBM Avengers were on a mission
from Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station on December 5th, 1945, were the object,
along with the Martin Mariner sent to rescue them, which also disappeared.
After one of the most intensive ground sea operations ever conducted, although
no life rafts, oil slicks, or wreckage was ever located. Other aircraft's, including
passenger planes have vanished while receiving landing instructions, almost as
if they had flown through a hole in the sky. Large and small boats have
disappeared without leaving wreckage, as if they and their crews had been
snatched into another dimension. The Marine Sulphur Queen, a 425-foot-long
freighter, and the USS Cyclops, 19000 tons with 309 people aboard, have simply
vanished while other ships and boats have been found drifting within the
Triangle, sometimes with an animal survivor such as a dog or a canary, who
could not give any indication about what happened, although in one case a
talking parrot had vanished along with the crew.
Unexplained disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle have continued to
the present day and no plane or ship is reported as overdue and finally classed
as 'search discontinued' by the Seventh Coast Guard without the expressed or
unexpressed comment or feeling among the public or the searchers that there is
some connection with the past and present phenomenon of the Bermuda
There seems to be a growing public awareness that something is very
wrong with this area. Recent numerous reports from planes and boats which
survived are contributing toward a new folklore of the sea, although the case of
the unexplained menace to planes and ships within this area is as mysterious as
The most varied and imaginative explorations have been offered and
seriously considered to account for the continuing disappearances and assumed
(because no bodies have been recovered) fatalities. These explanations include
sudden tidal waves, caused by earthquakes, fireballs which exploded the planes,
attacks by sea monsters, a time-space warp leading to another dimension, electro
magnetic or gravitational vortices which cause planes to crash and ships to lose
themselves at sea, capture and kidnapping by flying or submarine UFO's
manned by entities from surviving cultures of antiquity, outer space, or the
future, looking for specimens of currently existing earth inhabitants. One of the
most striking suggestions was actually predicted by Edgar Cayce, the 'sleeping
prophet, ' a psychic and healer who died in 1944. Cayce predicted, decades
before the possibility of laser beams was suspected the ancient Atlanteans used
crystals as a power source, specifically located in the Bimini area, and
presumably subsequently sunk in the Tongue of the Ocean off Andros, in the
Bahamas, where many of the disappearances have taken place. In this concept, a
maverick power source sunk a mile deep to the west of Andros would still be
exerting it's occasional pull on the compasses and electronic equipment of today's
ships and planes. Any case the explanation or solution to the mystery seems
connected with the sea, itself the last and greatest mystery still confronting the
inhabitants of the earth. For although we stand on the threshold of space, so
wistfully contemplating the cosmos while believing that the world, now so
thoroughly explored, has not more mystery for us, it is nevertheless true that
about three fifths of the world's area, the abyssal depths of the sea, are about as
clearly or even less known to us as the craters of the moon. We have, of course,
long mapped the general contours of the sea bottom, first through mechanical
soundings, and more recently by sonar and exploration by submarine and
bathysphere, plus deep-sea camera probes charted its surface and undersea
currents and are presently prospecting for evidence of oil on the continental
shelves and soon perhaps at even greater depths.
Meteorologists frequently refer to the 'Devils Triangle' as an area
bounded by lines running from Bermuda north to New York and south to the
Virgin Islands, billowing fanwise west to, and encompassing, 75 degrees W L. It
had long been known in maritime circles that many ships had disappeared in
this area, and some of the past disappearances may have contributed to the
legend of the 'Sea of Lost Ships' or the 'Ships' Graveyard,' located in the
Sargasso Sea, part of which lies within the Triangle. Records concerning
disappearing ships seem to indicate disappearances with increasing frequency
since the 1860's possibly because of more detailed reporting. Disappearances
began after the Civil War, thereby ruling out attacks by Confederate Raiders.
But it was some months after World War II that a startling accident occurred,
suggesting that planes flying over the area could vanish from the sky, perhaps
the same reason that ships had been vanishing from the sea. This was the
incident that gave the Bermuda Triangle its name.
The Bermuda Triangle received its name as the result of the disappearance
of six navy planes and their crews on December 5, 1945. The first five were on a
routine training mission with a flight plan designed to follow a triangular flight
pattern starting at the Naval Air Station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, then 160
miles to the east, 40 miles to the north and back to their base. It has earned
different names like 'The Devil's Triangle, ' 'The Hoodoo Sea,' and the
'Graveyard of the Atlantic,' and a whole bunch of other names. This is the
conversation the flight leader of Flight 19 had with his base on a routine mission
through the Bermuda Triangle:
'Flight Leader (Lieutenant Charles Taylor): Calling Tower. This is an
emergency. We seem to be off course. We cannot see land....Repeat... We cannot
Tower: What is your position?
Flight Leader: We are not sure of our position. We cannot be sure just where we
are... we seem to be lost...
Tower: Assume bearing due west.
Flight Leader: We don't know which way is west. Everything is wrong...
Strange... We can't be sure of any direction-even the ocean does not look as it
It has sometimes been pointed out in minimizing the importance or even
the existence of the Bermuda Triangle that it is not truly a mystery at all in that,
since ships and planes are lost all over the world, a Triangle projected over any
group of important sea lanes would indicated a disturbing incidence of loss if the
Triangle were made large enough. Moreover the ocean is large, planes and ships
relatively small, and the ocean is perpetually in motion, with both surface and
This is the information I have found, now you can be the judge of what
you think about the Bermuda Triangle, and if you think it is supernatural or that
there is a reasonable explanation for the disappearances of ships and planes.
When I took a survey of what people knew and thought about the
Bermuda Triangle. I have found out that generally people with bigger
imaginations think that it is supernatural. People with less imagination generally
think that there is a reasonable explanation for the Bermuda Triangle.
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New York: Doubleday and company,
Inc. 1984 ed.
'Bermuda Triangle.' Grolier Encyclopedia.
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Dolan, Edward F. Jr. The Bermuda Triangle and other Mysteries.
New York: Triumph Books, 1980.