One of the most intriguing mysteries revealed in the world is that of those that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle. As there several headline-friendly monikers that have been associated with the 700,000 square-kilometer (270,000 square-mile) swathe of ocean, such as Limbo of the Lost, Hoodoo Sea, and the Devil’s Triangle, so has thousands of air and sea vessels went missing once they hit the mysterious spot. Here are 15 of the mysterious Bermuda Triangle disappearances that made headlines in the past.
1. Ellen Austin.
The American schooner, Ellen Austin, was a huge multi-masted ship that weighs more than 1800 tons and was 210 feet long. It went missing during one of its trips between New York and London in 1881 in the triangle. It was never seen again.
2. The USS Cyclops.
One of four Proteus-class colliers that was built for the United States Navy before World War I, The USS Cyclops went off the grid with its 306 crew and passengers sometime after March 4, 1918, while it was en route to Baltimore from Barbados. None of the ship and the crew were ever found.
3. Flight 441.
Flight 441 was one of the famous aircrafts of its time. It is said that the plane can cross the Atlantic in less than nine hours. However, on October 30, 1954, it vanished with 42 passengers, including naval officers and their families, while it’s on its way to Lajes in the Azores Islands. The last transmission recorded indicated that the plane went missing when it was about 400 miles off the coast of the Bermuda Triangle.
4. Flight DC-3.
A Douglas DC-3 aircraft went missing with 32 passengers on board on December 29, 1948, while on its way to Miami, Florida from San Juan, Puerto Rico. No trace of either the plane nor the crew were ever reported ever since.
5. Star Tiger.
Tudor IV “Star Tiger” had flown more than 500 hours during its 11 transatlantic flights without any incident report when it disappeared on January 30, 1948, while en route to Bermuda from the Azores. No wreckage or bodies were ever found.
6. Star Ariel.
Almost a year after Star Tiger vanished, Star Ariel, another Avro Tudor IV aircraft also went missing January 17, 1949, between Bermuda and Kingston, Jamaica.
The 23-foot luxury cabin cruiser was owned by hotel guru Dan Burack. It disappeared on December 22, 1967, with Dan and another man named Father Horgan. It was about a mile off the shore when the coast guard received a call from Dan requesting that the ship be towed back to shore as it hit something. The coast guard did not find the boat nor the passengers even after an expanded 1,200-mile search was done.
8. Flight 19.
Five TBM Average Torpedo Bomber planes with its crew of 14 men known as Flight 19 went missing while flying over the triangle on December 5, 1945. The crew was training over the Bermuda Triangle when it happened. Like the rest of the incidents, none of the crew and the planes were ever found.
9. S.S Poet.
This 522-ft bulk cargo carrier set sail from a port in Philadelphia to Egypt. The expected routine radio transmission supposedly to report its position was never received. It was declared lost in the sea in 1852.
10. USS Epervier.
In 1814, USS Epervier and her crew vanished in the triangle while carrying the peace treaty to end the war between America and the North African Barbary States.
11. Mary Celeste.
Recognized as one of the ghost ships of Bermuda Triangle, Mary Celeste had many misadventures even before the mystery voyage in 1872 in the triangle.
12. S.V. Spray.
The derelict fishing boat S.V Spray was refitted as an ocean cruiser by Joshua Slocum to complete the first ever single-handed cruise around the world, between 1895 and 1898. Slocum set sail from Vineyard Haven bound for Venezuela in 1909. However, neither he nor the vessel was ever seen again.
13. Carroll A.
Deering. This 5-masted commercial schooner was built to carry cargoes. Its wreckage was found at Diamond Shoals which was located off Cape Hatteras in North Carolina on January 31, 1921. The ship was reported to be en route Maine from Rio de Janeiro to Brazil. What was puzzling was while the ship was still intact, all its crew members were nowhere to be found.
14. Marine Sulphur Queen.
On Feb 2, 1963, Marine Sulphur Queen, a 524-foot carrier of molten sulfur went on its voyage from Beaumont, Texas with 39 crew. The ship and everyone on board were reported to be missing in Florida Straits two days after. None were ever found.
15. Frank and Romina Leone.
Frank and Romina Leone, a newlywed couple, went fishing on June 18, 2003, on board their new boat from the Boynton Beach Inlet in Florida. They did not return and had not been found since. Their family and friends coordinated search teams, but they were never found.
No matter how much man has learned throughout time, and no matter how much of the world that man has explored, these mysteries will remain unsolved.
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