Top 10 Most Intriguing Bermuda Triangle disappearances
10. MU-2B aircraft
The disappearance of an MU-2B aircraft in 2017 is the most recent Bermuda Triangle disappearance that caught media attention.
The plane, piloted by Nathan Ulrich was scheduled to fly from Borinquen, Puerto Rico to Titusville, Florida on May the 16th when suddenly, 3 hours after take-off, the plane disappeared off the radar, and all communication was lost.
The passengers on board were Ulrich’s 40-year-old girlfriend Jennifer Blumin, as well as her 3- and 4-year-old sons Phineas and Theodore.
According to the coastguard, there was no indication of significant adverse weather at the time. A large-scale rescue effort was booted up shortly after the plane’s mysterious disappearance.
The coast guard quickly discovered a debris field smack in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle, 15 miles east of the Bahamas, littered with components that matched those of an MU-2B aircraft.
Despite extensive rescue and recovery missions in the area, the plane’s pilot and passengers were never recovered nor was the plane itself ever located.
In today’s day and age when a plane goes down over a body of water, locating debris when it hasn’t had a chance to drift away yet is usually the hard part.
Unfortunately, in the case of the Bermuda Triangle, standard rules and science do not apply and it remains a mystery to this day what caused the plane to disappear.
9. Flight 19
The tragic disappearance of Flight 19 is one of the Bermuda Triangle’s strangest mysteries, where an entire 5 plane bomber squadron completely vanished while flying over those peculiar waters.
In December 1945, Flight 19, a 14 person squadron, embarked on a routine training mission that turned out to be anything but routine.
They left from Fort Lauderdale air base and simply never made it back. Shockingly, a 13 person rescue mission was sent to look for them, and those men never escaped the clutches of the Bermuda Triangle either. So, just what happened to Flight 19 and the rescue mission.
Although the weather was sunny when the flight departed, things soon took a turn for the worse as a storm system swept into the region.
It’s possible that the storm could have felled the planes or that the head pilot got spectacularly lost, veering deeper and deeper into the uncharted air above the Atlantic Ocean.
Even if this happened, it doesn’t explain the disappearance of the rescue mission. It also doesn’t account for the lack of wreckage anywhere on the ocean. It seems as if the Bermuda Triangle simply gobbled the poor men up a whole.
8. S.S. Marine Sulpher
There are two schools of thought on the S.S. Marine Sulpher Queen; some think that this tanker is just another casualty of the deadly Bermuda Triangle, while others believe that her demise was caused by crew negligence.
Whether you default to human error or supernatural mischief, the reality remains that the S.S. Marine Sulpher Queen is one hell of a huge mystery.
The ship vanished on February 4, 1963, after sending a radio report from 230 miles southeast of New Orleans. It never sent an SOS or any additional communication.
It was just gone. The only traces of the 523-foot tanker that were ever recovered were pieces of a raft, life preserver, and a single shattered oar. The Coast Guard determined that the S.S. Marine Sulpher Queen floundered due to unsafe conditions.
There were plenty of fires below deck that should have prevented the ship from sailing at all. Still, its proximity to the dangerous and mysterious waters of the Bermuda Triangle put this maritime catastrophe straight into Bermuda Triangle lore.
7. Great Isaac Cay Lighthouse
Although the Great Isaac Cay Lighthouse mystery only claimed two lives, it earns a place on our list because it’s one of the only instances of the Bermuda Triangle claiming victims on land. The lighthouse was built in 1859 on the small Bahamian island and is 152 feet tall.
From the beginning, this lonely lighthouse was home to some fantastic ghost stories; specifically, that eerie sounds could be heard permeating the walls whenever there was a full moon.
It also has its resident ghost; the Grey Lady. Still, on August 4, 1969, the lighthouse had its most interesting, possibly paranormal event to date, when its 2 keepers vanished off the face of the earth.
Although Bermuda Triangle skeptics think that the two men abandoned the lighthouse in the face of Hurricane Anna, others are not so sure.
While the mighty hurricane did pass by Great Isaac Cay, it did so days earlier. By the time the two men vanished, it was well out to sea. Also, nobody has seen or heard from the two men ever again!
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6. DC-3 Commercial Flight
On December 28, 1948, 32 people took off from San Juan, never to be seen again. The DC-3 commercial flight was operated by Captain Robert Lindquist and his 2 crew members, plus 29 additional passengers were all headed for the sunny shores of Miami, Florida, straight through the heart of the Bermuda Triangle. They never made it.
The last known communication from the DC-3 commercial flight occurred 50 miles away from the airport when Lindquist radioed in for landing instructions, and then… that was it.
The reply was never answered by Lindquist and the doomed crew. Before takeoff, Lindquist did note that the batteries were low on water, and the landing gear was acting a bit glitchy.
Still, the plane was cleared for flight because Lindquist thought the batteries could charge while they were in the air. Whether DC-3 commercial flight was struck by an electrical emergency or lack of power, or there were other, more mysterious forces afoot will remain a mystery forever.
5. Sylvia L. Ossa
The Sylvia L. Ossa vanished entirely on October 17, 1976, when a total of 37 unlucky souls were wiped off the face of the planet and straight into Bermuda Triangle lore.
The Panamanian cargo ship was no stranger to the treacherous waters, but her fortune finally failed when she was traveling from Brazil to Philadelphia by way of Bermuda.
The Sylvia L. Ossa disappeared 140 miles off the coast of Bermuda, leaving only an oil slick and tons of questions in her wake.
The biggest one is exactly how a 590-foot ship could just… be lost. 590 feet is the length of one and a half football fields.
The only remnant from the doomed ship was a single lifeboat with its cover still attached, which leads us to believe that it wasn’t lowered from the ship, but somehow broke off.
How? A freak accident? A monster rogue wave? Or maybe something a little bit more mysterious, supernatural, and in line with Bermuda Triangle lore? There were no survivors, and the Sylvia L. Ossa is one of the strangest modern mysteries in the world.
4. Star Tiger
This doomed aircraft was flying between England and Bermuda in January 1948, when it disappeared into thin air with over 30 passengers on board.
The British craft may have strayed off course, encountered mechanical problems, or simply been swept up by forces that we can’t comprehend.
As with all Bermuda Triangle mysteries, the possibilities are endless. The S.S. Troubadour did spot a low flying plane on that fateful day, traversing the area between Bermuda and Delaware Bay, but nobody knows for sure if it was the Star Tiger.
The day of the fateful trip, the Star Tiger was experiencing some mechanical issues, specifically with its port inner engine, but was cleared for flight a few hours later.
The day was gusty and rainy, and the plane flew low to escape the worst of the winds but certainly encountered some other kind of terrible force on its last and most catastrophic flight.
3. Mary Celeste
The Mary Celeste is one chilling mystery that we might never solve. When she was discovered on December 4, 1872, drifting aimlessly near the Azore Islands near Portgual without a crew member or passenger in sight, people desperately tried to put together the pieces and solve the mystery of this famous ghost ship.
Incredibly, this ill-fated ship can be traced straight back to the Bermuda Triangle. While most people consider the triangle to be located between Miami, Florida, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda, others have speculated that this wretched patch of the ocean has a much wider span.
Hence, Mary Celeste’s final drifting place in the Azore Islands isn’t so far off the map. The Mary Celeste was traveling between New York and Genoa, Italy, and likely traveled right through the Devil’s Triangle.
What horrors met the ten unlucky souls lost on the Mary Celeste, we may never know. Since much of the ship’s cargo was intact, piracy and foul play were ruled out.
2. Carroll A
Deering The Carroll A. Deering was a commercial schooner that ran aground in Hatteras Diamond Shoals, North Carolina, but the ship’s tragic story took a previous turn right through the middle of the Bermuda Triangle.
On January 31, 1921, the schooner was spotted without a single crew member’s insight. Additionally, all the crew’s belongings, navigational equipment, logs, and life rafts were missing.
The Carroll A. Deering quickly earned the nickname “Ghost Ship of the Outer Banks” and is one of the multiple ships that turned up curiously during that time. Some people believe that the Carroll A. Deering was a rum runner ship, bringing some of the good stuff to thirsty Americans during Prohibition.
If this is true, she went straight through the Bermuda Triangle on her way back from the Caribbean. Is the Bermuda Triangle to blame for Carroll A. Deering’s loss? It’s undoubtedly a solid possibility.
1. U.S.S. Cyclops
The U.S.S. Cyclops is perhaps the best-known example of a ship that vanished without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle. The mysterious craft was carrying over 300 people when she went missing in March of 1918.
Her disappearance, and the fact that not a single one of her crew was ever found again, mark the U.S.S. Cyclops tragedy as the largest single-incident loss of life in the Navy’s entire history.
The U.S.S. Cyclops was en route between Brazil and Baltimore, carrying a hefty load of manganese ore. Their trajectory put them right in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle.
Once they reached the dangerous patch of ocean, they just…vanished without a trace. There was never a distress signal and calls to the U.S.S. Cyclops went unanswered. Shockingly, there were no weather events that day that would have accounted for the disappearance, and the ship was fit to sail.
No wreckage or remnants of the U.S.S. Cyclops has ever been discovered. She simply sailed straight out of this world and right into legend. Would you rather spend the night all alone in the Great Issac Cay Lighthouse or travel by schooner through the treacherous Bermuda Triangle waters? Let us know in the comments section below.