14 Bermuda Triangle Stories (The Unexplained to Downright Strange)

Strange Bermuda Triangle Stories


Bermuda Triangle stories document the disappearances in a region of the North Atlantic also known as the Devil's Triangle. On a map, you would draw lines from Bermuda to Miami to Puerto Rico, and then back to Bermuda to mark out the general triangle. The mysteries associated with this region include multiple aircraft and seagoing vessels that have disappeared without a trace.

Popular culture often credits the region as one where the laws of physics do not apply, where paranormal activity is heightened and even as a possible location where extraterrestrial beings make contact.

Flight 19 Disappears


On December 5, 1945, a training flight of TBM (Torpedo Bombers) Avenger airplanes went missing over the Atlantic. Their flight path was scheduled to take them out over the Atlantic on a 300-mile round-trip journey to the naval base. The flight never returned. Rumors circulated that the training flight encountered an unknown phenomenon. Some experts cite a naval report detailing cause or reasons unknown for the missing crafts and men. Another element of the mystery surrounding Flight 19 is that the rescue craft with 13 men on board went missing during the search and was never heard from again.

The Ellen Austin


The story of the Ellen Austin is recreated often in various television programs. In the 1800s, the Ellen Austin was a derelict vessel loaded with a resourceful and talented crew. In 1881, this crew attempted to sail the vessel to New York. The ship reportedly arrived without its crew and later disappeared again with a second crew onboard.

Disappearance of the Mary Celeste Crew


In December 1872, the Mary Celeste, carrying nine barrels of alcohol and bound from New York to Italy, was found deserted in the Atlantic Ocean near the Azores Islands. No one was on board, the lifeboat was gone, the barrels were empty, and a sword was found on the deck. A subsequent investigation ruled out pirates since all personal belongings were still on board. The fate of the crew and passengers and what happened remain unanswered.

North Sea Trawler SV Spray


Spray, a derelict fishing boat, was retrofitted to be a pleasure cruiser and used by Joshua Slocum to circumnavigate the world from 1895 through 1898. In 1909, the vessel left Vineyard Haven on the way to Venezuela and vanished. Similarly, a five-masted schooner named the Carroll A. Deering was found run aground and abandoned in January 1931. Piracy is one theory that is pointed to as the culprit for these disappearances.

Passenger Flights Disappear


In 1948, an aircraft numbered NC16002 vanished while flying from San Juan to Miami. No trace of the plane or its 32 passengers was ever found. Two more passenger aircraft operated by British South American Airways vanished in 1948 and later in 1949 on flights from Bermuda to Jamaica. Both flights passed through the triangle and earned their place in the history of Bermuda Triangle stories.

Connemara IV


In 1955, this pleasure yacht was located near Bermuda, abandoned and adrift. The crew vanished, and many people speculated that the ship survived a hurricane while the crew did not. However, hurricane history of the area does not suggest this is accurate. Another theory is that the Connemara was empty in port, and it slipped from the moorings during a hurricane only to be found later floating intact and adrift.

It’s Witchcraft


In December 1967, the US Coast Guard received a distress call from the Witchcraft, a cabin cruiser with two men onboard. Setting out to enjoy Miami Christmas lights from the water, the men reported running into something, but no major damage. They required being towed into the harbor. Nothing was ever found of the yacht or the men.

Cessna Disappearance


In 1969, a Cessna vanished while flying from Nassau in the Bahamas to Grand Turk Island. The pilot, Carolyn Cascio, and her plane were never seen again. Bermuda Triangle stories have endured for more than a century, although modern disappearances seem to be fewer and farther between. Whether this is due to having better technology or satellite imaging is not determined.

Plane Disappears One Mile from Airport


In November 1978, one of the most bizarre disappearances happened only one mile from the airport in St Thomas. Flying out of St Croix, seasoned pilot Irving Rivers made a solo flight in a Piper Navajo commuter plane. On the final approach to the airport, after having talked with the air traffic controller, who had a visual of the plane lights, the plane and pilot disappeared. No wreck or body were ever found.

Chistopher Columbus Bermuda Triangle Story


There is a legend that on his first voyage to discover America, Christopher Columbus had a few unexplained experiences in the Bermuda Triangle. The story unfolds with the night sighting of a strange unidentified fire in the sky that plummeted into the ocean. A candle flame was seen in the night sky several weeks later. In addition to the strange lights, often explained as meteorites, Columbus recorded the compass became erratic over the next few weeks. This is a common phenomenon for those passing through the Bermuda Triangle.

Sulphur Queen


In 1963, a converted oil tanker known as the SS Marine Sulphur Queen with a crew compliment of 39 "sailed into the unknown" according to the 1964 Argosy Magazine article. The vessel was last seen near the Florida Keys and was never found.

USS Cyclops


On or about March 4, 1918, the U.S. Naval vessel Cyclops set sail from the island of Barbados with Lt. Cdr. G. W. Worley in command. The crew of 309, along with the ship, was never heard from again. Barbados makes up one corner of the Bermuda Triangle. While many theories have speculated what happened to the vessel, no theory has ever been proven.

James B. Chester Mystery Solved


In February 1855, Southwest of the Azores, a merchant ship discovered the James B. Chester adrift. Upon boarding, the men found the ship deserted. It appeared the ship was abandoned in haste, with only one lifeboat missing. The cargo and provisions were left behind. The ship was sailed back to port and became a ghostly attraction.

This story has repeatedly been told as a mysterious Bermuda Triangle disappearance. The supersleuths of Bermuda Triangle Central seem to have solved this mystery. In 2010, the website published chronological reports from newspaper accounts of the ship taking on water. The captain and crew abandoned ship and were later picked up by another vessel. The Captain and several crewmen were arrested for abandoning the ship unnecessarily.

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14 Bermuda Triangle Stories (The Unexplained to Downright Strange)