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The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

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Can you solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle?

Because I live in Florida, the story of the Bermuda Triangle has always fascinated me. What's more, every time I've traveled by air or boat in the last twenty years, I've actually been in or over the dreaded triangle where ships and aircraft have been know to disappear for centuries.

Or have they?

I'm writing this to tell you about the most fascinating book I've read about the subject. You'll see the link below.

The first I heard about the triangle was because of the mysterious disappearance of Flight 19. You'll remember that just few months after the end of the Second World War, five military aircraft on a routine training flight disappeared. The aircraft and the fourteen men on board were never seen again. To compound the mystery, an airplane sent up to search for the men also disappeared, plus its crew of thirteen men. A mystery indeed.


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An old legend

The legend of the Bermuda Triangle goes as far back at 1840 when the French ship named the Rosalie was found abandoned. The ship was in fine condition but the crew had mysteriously disappeared.

The only sign of life was - a canary. The cargo that the ship was carrying was still in place and the sails were hoisted.Even more mysteriously there were items on board belonging to woman - few women went on trading ships in those days.

The problem with this story is that it seems the ship never existed. You see, the story of this remarkable disappearing crew was written by a sensationalist writer in the 1930s. It was based on a report he had seen in the London Times (dated 1840) which, it seems, gave erroneous information. The article begins 'A letter from Nassau, in the Bahamas, bearing the date the 27th. August, has the following narrative...'

Even the newspaper, it seems, stressed that this information had come by letter - and the writer's name was not mentioned. Knowing what we do today about newspapers, it seems that this 'narrative' was merely a short filler story for amusement purposes.

Larry Kusche, the author of the book I recommend, has researched this thoroughly (as he has with all the other mysterious happenings) and discovered that there was never a French vessel named Rosalie. There was however, the Rossini which 'struck' in the Bahamian Channel on August 3rd.

Importantly, the record of this - at Lloyds - reads 'Crew and passengers saved.'

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Another disappearing ship

How could this incredibly spooky-looking ship disappear without trace? Well, it's because it was in the Bermuda Triangle, isn't that the reason? Not quite.

The Cyclops - for that was its somewhat eerie name - disappeared in 1918. Yes, during the final year of World War One. It was speculated that German submarines had been responsible but post-war records show that there had been no enemy shipping in the area at that time.

Could it have been a mine? That too was discounted because that would have produced wreckage and other debris. The same thing would apply if the ship had exploded for any other reason.

Just to spice up the story even further, although this was an American ship, the captain and many of the crew were in fact of German origin. Just as there were many people who were blaming the curious and 'unnatural forces' that exist in the Bermuda Triangle there were others who were suggesting that the captain had handed the ship and its valuable cargo to the enemy.

In the 1960s, a professional diver claimed that he had seen the ship at the bottom of the ocean - at exactly the location it would have been on its voyage. (The ship, after all, was unusual in design and very recognisable). But why was it lost?

But the mystery remained. It was only when the author of the book above was thoroughly investigating the story that he discovered something that the people speculating hadn't taken into account. On the night the ship disappeared there was a huge storm in the area that caused a massive amount of damage both to ships and on land.

In the frantic scramble to assign this loss too to alien abductions, a giant sea monster or supernatural forces, the people of the time had neglected to blame the storm. There was no official investigation because of wartime.

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The best place to read this book

I won't give more away about this book because I'm sure that you'd rather discover the stories for yourself. But now I have a copy, I'm definitely going to play a game next time I have to fly from Miami or Fort Lauderdale airport.

I shall sit reading it in the departure lounge with the cover prominently displayed. Every now and again, I'll shake my head and murmur 'dear me' or 'my goodness ' or even 'wow'.

Then I shall do the same on the plane as we're sitting on the runway. 'Good heavens' or 'well, I've never heard of anything like that' or 'this is just incredible'.

Hehe, I'll be the only person on the plane who isn't expecting an alien abduction.

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© 2014 Jackie Jackson

What do you think?

simran on October 29, 2014:

wow duffar

Richard from Hampshire - England on July 16, 2014:

Wow this was really interesting - I've always wondered how much truth there was in these mysterious happenings, and you've answered some of my questions beautifully! I'll definitely read the book now - thanks for the recommendation.

Joanie Ruppel from Keller, Texas on June 23, 2014:

The Bermuda Triangle still fascinates me - hope I can read this sometime soon!

rebekah-grelen on June 15, 2014:

Fabulous post! Thanks!

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on June 15, 2014:

@MariaMontgomery: Thank you!

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on June 15, 2014:

@DeborahDian: It's weird, isn't it?

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on June 15, 2014:

@BodyHairRemoval: Truly, it's fine :)

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on June 15, 2014:

Very interesting. Who knew? Thanks for this great book/myth review.

Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on June 12, 2014:

The Bermuda Triangle has always fascinated me, too!

BodyHairRemoval on May 31, 2014:

I don't think I'd ever travel over the bermuda triangle. Too many freaky things have happen.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 23, 2014:

@Ruthi: Terrifying - to know that it's right on the doorstep!

Ruthi on May 23, 2014:

Oh yes, when I was 16 and had just moved to South Florida, I was captivated by the Bermuda Triangle tales! Quite fascinating, yet frightening!

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 22, 2014:

@Merrci: It really is SO good!

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 22, 2014:

@SusanDeppner: Exactly - dad knows best :)

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on May 22, 2014:

It was always fun to wonder what had happened. My favorite was the idea that Atlantis was somehow involved. Wish I could sit across from you in the airport and watch the reactions! Enjoyed this. The book sounds excellent.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on May 22, 2014:

I remember being fascinated with the Bermuda Triangle when I was a kid. I'm sure my dad was familiar with the Flight 19 story and included that in our conversations on the subject, totally convincing us kids that there really was and still is something going on down there. And who am I to question my daddy?

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