In the year 1918, the nineteen thousand ton Us navy supply vessel the Cyclops dissapeared without a trace. Three hundred and nine souls where lost and no distress call was ever made. No wreckage was ever found.
This is just one story of numerous strange disappearances which have occurred in what has come to be called the Bermuda Triangle. It covers the area from Florida, the Virgin Islands and finally the tip at Bermuda. It has also been called the devils triangle, the triangle of death, the Hoodo Sea and the Atlantic Graveyard.
Many tales speak of strange occurrences in the area, some of which seek to explain the disappearances. Compasses spin around like crazy, the needle going this way and that. Some talk about aliens being the culprits, the area hiding an aquatic secret base where they lurk while not probing some unlucky humans. Some are even more far-fetched and speak of underground volcanos, black holes, time warps and even the underground city of Atlantis.
Much myth and speculation has arisen from the area and many scientists question the validity of many of them. Some of their points come to the subject of source validity and the fact that many of the incidents have been poorly documented or even just hearsay with no evidence at all. Some also claim that rate of disappearances is not higher than in other similar areas of ocean.
Be that as it may, true or not. Here are a few of the reported disappearances taken of Wikipedia.
The incident resulting in the single largest loss of life in the history of the US Navy not related to combat occurred when USS Cyclops, under the command of Lt Cdr G.W. Worley, went missing without a trace with a crew of 309 sometime after March 4, 1918, after departing the island of Barbados. Although there is no strong evidence for any single theory, many independent theories exist, some blaming storms, some capsizing, and some suggesting that wartime enemy activity was to blame for the loss.
Flight 19 was a training flight of five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared on December 5, 1945, while over the Atlantic. The squadron’s flight plan was scheduled to take them due east from Fort Lauderdale for 141 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 140-mile leg to complete the exercise. The flight never returned to base.
One of the search and rescue aircraft deployed to look for them, a PBM Mariner with a 13-man crew, also disappeared. A tanker off the coast of Florida reported seeing an explosion and observing a widespread oil slick when fruitlessly searching for survivors. The weather was becoming stormy by the end of the incident.
A pleasure yacht was found adrift in the Atlantic south of Bermuda on September 26, 1955; it is usually stated in the stories that the crew vanished while the yacht survived being at sea during three hurricanes. The 1955 Atlantic hurricane season shows Hurricane Ione passing nearby between the 14th and 18th of that month, with Bermuda being affected by winds of almost gale force. It was confirmed that the Connemara IV was empty and in port when Ione may have caused the yacht to slip her moorings and drift out to sea.
For those of you who would like to read more here are a few books that have been written on the subject: