That Bermuda Triangle. I’ve always had the big Heebie-Jeebies about that place. I’ve never been there. And hopefully, I won’t. Things fall into oblivion there. Mostly planes and boats. And the people on them.
It’s also known as the Devil’s Triangle. Which only adds to my feelings of avoidance concerning this strange and mysterious area on the Atlantic ocean. Many ships and planes have apparently disappeared without a trace. Not a blip. And, there are a few of cases where wrecks were actually found. But, strangely enough, the crew had vanished. Like I said. Not a blip.
It has been going on a long, long time. These incidents have been happening for centuries. The rough statistics? More than 1,000 ships and planes have disappeared there. It still occurs.
As it happens, on this date, in 1945, an entire squadron of planes disappeared there.
There were five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising. Flight 19. They took off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida. It was supposed to be a routine three-hour training mission. Those three-hour tours. Just ask Gilligan how badly they can go.
So yes, those five aircraft took off, and while they were over the Bermuda Triangle, they disappeared. And never returned.
It started two hours after the flight began. That’s when the leader of the squadron reported that his compass and back-up compass had failed. The same thing happened with the other planes. The people back at home base couldn’t locate them. And. There were two more hours of confused messages from the fliers.
The military sent out a rescue aircraft called the Mariner. Then it went missing too.
In all, a lot of people and planes vanished on that day. There were the 14 men of Flight 19 and the 13 men of the Mariner. Poof. A massive search took place after that. It was one of the largest air and seas searches to that date. Nothing found. No trace of the bodies or aircraft. Ever.
There are a lot of theories and explanations about the great mystery of this place. To set the record straight, though, there is not one thing “official” about the Bermuda Triangle. It’s not even a registered territory. It isn’t drawn out on any official maps. But the “area” stretches from Miami, Florida to the island of Bermuda, and to San Juan in Puerto Rico.
Here’s another thing. It’s one of the deepest spots on earth. Scientist speculate that the underwater topography could be a factor in the nuts and bolts of the disappearances. The deep.
The are underneath of those waves on top has a gently sloping shelf. And then there is an extremely deep drop-off. Some of the deepest trenches on the whole entire planet are there. If something sinks in one of those bad boys, it will never be found.
To add to the mix. There have been many UFO sightings in that vicinity. And other theories? Some people believe it is a direct link to Atlantis. Or, that it could be a direct portal to the other-unknown “somewhere” of the Universe.
No matter how it goes, there have been a lot of whacky goings-on there. Whatever the cause or explanation might be. It is mystery to the max.
Just writing about it gives me the woolies. I won’t even wear a pair of Bermuda shorts. That’s how much it ruffles me.
“Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.”
― Werner Heisenberg, Across the Frontiers
“Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it.”
― Niels Bohr, Essays 1932-1957 on Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge
“For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction.”
― George Gordon Byron