The idea that the Bermuda Triangle is a supernaturally dangerous area for ships and aircraft began in the 1950s. It has been reported that the area between Miami, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico had an anomalous number of shipwrecks or disappearances without any explanation that could be gleaned from the evidence. There are plenty of natural reasons for the area’s reputation offered- the triangle has an inordinate amount of boat traffic, it has unique and dangerous weather, and some stories are inaccurate in their details, their location, or in their mysteriousness. Some are pretty well documented, though, like the 1921 case of the Carroll A. Deering.
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Maybe this vessel was doomed from the start. The captain got sick and had to abandon ship at a port in Delaware. This was apparently considered a bad omen. After delivering its cargo to Rio, the ship started to turn home and stopped in Barbados for supplies. Afterward, it was sighted near North Carolina, and observers noted that the crew was acting strange; the ship wasn’t seen again until its wreckage washed up off the coast of Cape Hatteras. The ship’s log, navigation equipment, the crew’s personal belongings, and lifeboats were gone.
Read more stories of unexplained transportation tragedies in the Bermuda Triangle in a list at Mental Floss.
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