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The Bermuda Triangle The Bermuda triangle lies in the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Puerto Rico and

Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It received its famous nick name in 1964 by writer, V. Gladdis, who wrote an article entitled The Deadly Bermuda Triangle in an issue of Argos a fiction magazine. A book called The Bermuda Triangle, released in 1974, was a bestseller for Charles Berlitz and Brought the Triangle even more fame, even though the book was sensationalized and thoroughly inaccurate. There are many theories about the mysterious triangle, including alien abductions, time warps, Atlantis and strange magnetic fields. THE STORIES 1.- Mary Celeste The Mary Celeste was a 103 foot brigantine displacing 262 tons. It was found in 1982, about 400 miles off its intented course, floating and completely abandoned, by the crew of the Dei Gratia. The Mary Celeste was sailing for Genoa on November 7, and the Dei Gratia was to head out a week later for Gibraltar. The Dei Gratia sighted the ship sailing erratically. When the Captain went to investigate, he found that the only life boat had been launched, yet the ship was in perfect shape, with sails set. Numerous stories about the Celeste abound, stories cover everything from bloody swords under the Captains bed to strange vortices sucking off the crew to an underground world. 2.- Flight NC - 16002 It was December 27, 1948, A commercial flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami, Florida was returning with a plane load of passengers. The pilot, Captain Robert Lindquist, radioed Miami. They were fifty miles out and requesting landing instructions, or so the story goes. Miami radioed back with the instructions but got no reply. The plane just the plane from the sky, never to be seen again. The plane was not experiencing any radio troubles, and the pilot had made visual contact with Miami Tower but then just vanished. The weather was clear and calm, the pilot and copilot both were seasoned veterans. No sign of the plane wreckage was seen in the water south of Miami where the pilot had last radioed his position. Surely the wreckage of the plane would be seen in shallow waters. 3.- USS Cyclops One of the most celebrated stories of Devils Triangle victims is that of USS Cyclops. Which disappeared in March of 1918. Apparently, the Captain of the Cyclops was rather eccentric. He was reputedly fond of pacing the quarter deck wearing a hat, a cane and his underwear. Theories about what happened to the Cyclops ranged from munity at sea to a boiler explosion which carried away the radio shack and prevented any distress call. One magazine, Literary Digest, speculated that a giant octopus rose from the sea, entwined the ship with its tentacles

and dragged it to the bottom. Another theory was that the ship suddenly turned turtle in a freak storm, trapping all hands inside. THE FACTS 1.- Mary Celeste The life boat of the Mary Celeste was also missing, It is most probable that they abandoned The Mary Celeste during a storm that they wrongly guessed the ship could not weather. The ship itself was actually nowhere near the Triangle. It was found off the coast of Portugal. 2.- Flight NC16002 Before take off from San Juan, the planes batteries wouldnt hold a charge. The pilot was informed by ground crew that he should replace them, but didnt. The plane was also having difficulties with the radio since it left Miami earlier on that day. The DC3 had flown to San Juan and was making the return trip to Miami. In all, the plane had been flying close to twenty hours with faulty batteries and a faulty radio. The Florida Straits have water close 5000 feet deep. The current is swift and deep. If the plane had gone down in the vicinity of where they claimed to have been, they would have crashed in water which is neither still, nor shallow. The current would have had over three hours to disperse debris before any search party started. The pilot was making his maiden flight with this particular airline (although he had been flying many years) and so was new to route, along with the copilot, who was also a newcomer to the route. 3.- USS Cyclops Cyclops was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, which became the Naval Transportation, which merged with the Army transport Service to become the Military Sea Transportation Service and then Military Sealift Command. When she sailed, she was loaded with 10800 tons of Anganese ore bound for Baltimore from Barbados in the west indies. Information obtained from Germany, following World War 1, did not prove the notion that the enemy U-boats or mines sank Cyclops. None were in the area. Prior to Cyclopss disappearance, there was a minor munity by some members of the crew. The munity was promptly squelched by the Captain and the perpetrators were sent below in irons. None of this really offers a clue to what happened to the collier Cyclops. But it suggests something other than a mysterious force might have led to her doom. The novelist, Paul Gallico used the idea of Cyclops for a novel called The Poseidon Adventure, which was made into a successful movie in 1972. About 200 incidents have been attributed to the Triangle, so many planes and boats have disappeared without a trace. Exactly what happened to the ships and aircrafts is not known. Few distress calls and little if any debris signaled their disappearance. There supposedly is some inexplicable force within it that causes ships and planes to vanish. Usually, the coats guard answer around 8000 distress in the area. Most problems could have been avoided if caution had been used. The biggest comes from small boats running out of gas. According to

coast guard an inexperienced sailor is looking for trouble out there. A small boat could be sucked into the prop of a big tanker or swamped in a storm and never be seen again. The official dimensions of the Triangle are between Bermuda, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Miami, Florida, However, when you start plotting ocean disasters that are attributed to the Triangle, its boundaries shift all over the North Atlantic and sometimes into the Eastern Pacific and Gulf of Mexico.