The Untold Stories Of The Bermuda Triangle

Mysteries of the sea.

Bermuda Triangle
Bermuda. Photo by Charlie Hales on Unsplash

The Bermuda Triangle, or “Devil’s Triangle,” as it is known by some, remains as one of the most enigmatic places on Earth.

It is a region of the North Atlantic Ocean, bounded by the southeastern coast of the U.S., Bermuda, and islands of the Greater Antilles.

This territory sustains heavy daily traffic, both by sea and by air.

The Bermuda Triangle does not appear on any world map, and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names does not recognize it as an official region of the Atlantic Ocean.

In fact, the term first appeared in a 1964 Pulp magazine article by Vincent Gaddis, who used the phrase to describe a triangular region “that has destroyed hundreds of ships and planes without a trace.”

Charles Berlitz later popularized the legend in his best-selling book The Bermuda Triangle, which claimed that the fabled lost island of Atlantis had involvement in these disappearances.

While some maintain this is the doing of aliens, sea monsters, time warps or reverse gravity fields; there are scientific explanations for most occurrences.

These theorists have pointed to magnetic anomalies, waterspouts and huge eruptions of methane gas from the ocean floor.

We also know that the Gulf Stream can cause sharp changes in local weather, which would explain the frequent tropical storms and hurricanes in the area, often which disappear as fast as they arrive.

Here are several familiar mysteries, as well as some formerly untold:

The Mary Celeste

Mary Celeste as Amazon in 1861
Mary Celeste as Amazon in 1861.

This ship was discovered December 4, 1872, with everything right in its place, except its crew.

The vessel, loaded with raw alcohol, had been carrying eleven people – including the captain’s wife and child – at the time of its departure.

When it was located by the Dei Gratia days later, everyone had vanished.

The presence of valuable personals, as well as copious barrels of alcohol, ruled out the possibility of a pirate attack.

To this day, it is unknown what occurred aboard the Mary Celeste.

The USS Cyclops

the USS cyclops
USS Cyclops (1910-1918); Anchored in the Hudson River, off New York City.

This is considered to be one of the greatest – or best-known – disappearances of the Bermuda Triangle.

This ship, being one of the Navy’s largest, marks the biggest loss of life in the history of the U.S. Navy.

The Cyclops set sail from Bermuda to Baltimore in March of 1918, carrying 10,800 tons of manganese and 309 crew members.

Apart from one transmission, which indicated no issues – present or foreseeable – the ship was never heard from again.

A giant search was put into action, but attempts were fruitless. Nothing was ever found.

The Witchcraft

Map of the Bermuda Triangle.
Map of the Bermuda Triangle.

On December 22, 1967, Captain Dan Burack and his friend Patrick Horgan left a Miami inlet aboard his cabin cruiser Witchcraft to see the decorative holiday lights.

They were only about a mile offshore when Burack indicated something was wrong.

He called the Coast Guard and described hitting something, despite his yacht being undamaged.

When the Guard reached his location, less than twenty minutes later, Burack and the cruiser were vanished. The area was completely deserted, with no sign of a ship being there previously.

The cruiser was previously determined to be “virtually unsinkable,” and employed numerous life-safety devices, including: flares and distress signals, of which none had been used.

Flight 19

A similar flight of five Grumman TBF Avengers
A similar flight of five Grumman TBF Avengers.

In December 1945, five Navy bombers – carrying altogether fourteen men – took off from an airfield in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to conduct practice bombing runs over nearby shoals.

Due to compass malfunctioning, the leader of the mission became severely lost. All five planes flew aimlessly until they ran low on fuel and were forced to ditch at sea.

That same day, a rescue plane and its thirteen-man crew also disappeared.

After several weeks of search failed to turn up any evidence, the official Navy report declared that it was “as if they had flown to Mars.”

Renalda Bean, Native Hero

Ronalda Beam
Renalda Bean. FACEBOOK The Royal Gazette
I met Renalda Bean when I visited Bermuda two summers ago.

He was able to share his stories with me, and due to their great particularity and strangeness, I will share them with you.

These are his words fully, to which he should be accredited.

The Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, as told by Renalda Bean:

“Over the years I have seen many documentaries, written reports and other theories from around the world on the Bermuda Triangle, but I have never heard any experiences from Bermudians, who I feel have seen something unexplainable out in the ocean.

I believe that these people have seen strange things relating to the Bermuda Triangle, but are afraid to speak of it. I myself believe that I have seen two versions of the Bermuda Triangle.

The first experience that I had, I was driving past Church Bay, when I saw a gentleman who I knew, looking at the ocean in a trance-like state, so I immediately pulled over to see what he was looking at, and to my surprise, I saw a sheet of snow white water about sixteen feet in circumference, bubbling about a foot or so higher than water level.

This motion went on for about a half-hour from the time I had arrived. I believe that both the gentleman and I were in such shock that we just left without saying a word to each other, and I never told anyone about what I had seen as they would have not believed me, or thought to themselves that I was a bit crazy.

About one month later, I was watching a documentary on television where a scientist was explaining his theory on how ships disappear. He demonstrated by having a model ship in a large tub-like structure, and when he pulled open an air vile, which was at the bottom of the tub, this showed how gases were coming from the bottom of the ocean which formed air bubbles. This caused the ship to sink, Lo and Behold, I realized that this was the same reaction of what I had seen at Church Bay. The ship actually sank to the bottom of the ocean and when he closed the vial, the ship resurfaced.

My second experience which I believe related to the Bermuda Triangle happened October 31, 1981, on a very busy Saturday morning while working at Elbow Beach, with about seven hundred chairs and umbrellas set up, and quite a number of people laying on the sand. At around ten thirty, to the far East, I saw a bright light shining on the water which was coming from the reflection of the sun. This light really caught my attention and the more I looked at it I realized that something strange was happening in the ocean. This strange thing seemed to grow larger and it appeared as if it was compelled by a huge propeller and water was being churned by angry motion moving fairly rapidly Westward.

I immediately ordered all the umbrellas to be pulled down and ordered the guests to leave the beach, as I could see that a storm was coming, so they all went to the clubhouse.

I realize that this was no normal storm, because as I watched from my office on the beach, I could not believe what I saw! The ocean itself was like a sheet of glass, but what I saw was a three hundred foot wave rise up from the ocean and curl over and land about four hundred feet forward dispersing tons of water, and then pick up and toss another four hundred feet, with the ocean becoming very rough. Each time it landed, you could hear a loud bang which sounded like the roar of thunder. This continued all the way to the West, until it disappeared from my sight.”

Samantha Bertolino

Content Editor Associate

Samantha is a Connecticut native and an avid lover of reading, writing and poetry. She spent two months in Florence, where she studied business and the architecture of old chapels, in addition to developing a taste for espresso and tea.)

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