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This site is a compilation of data from 1492 to the present on over 200 disappearances of
ships, planes and boats and other phenomena which have occurred in or near (sometimes very
far away indeed) the area referred to as "The Bermuda Triangle".
The number of discrepancies in the documentation is astounding. Some
of the disappearances occurred far from hazy boundaries of the triangle, some occurred in
very bad storms and rough seas, some have other factors which might be responsible, some
have no facts that can be verified, but there are a few that are quite strange.
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The Bermuda Triangle's imaginary boundaries are located off the southeastern Atlantic
coast of the United States, which is noted for a high incidence of unexplained losses of
ships, boats, aircraft and people.
The apexes of the triangle are generally accepted to be Bermuda,
Miami, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. However the U.S. Board of Geographical Names
does not recognize "The Bermuda Triangle" as an official name and does not
maintain an official file on the area.
The area is sometimes also reffered to as "The Devil's Triangle". This name can
lead to confusion with data as it is similar in name to the "Devil's Sea", an
area off the east coast of Japan with much of the same history for magnetic anomolies and
the vanishings of aircraft, ships and boats.
I refer to the area as "the triangle" on this site just to keep it simple.
When the Coast Guard is officially asked "Does the Bermuda
Triangle exist?" the offical reply is:
"The Bermuda Triangle or Devils Triangle is a mythical geographic area
located off the southeastern coast of the United States. It is noted for an apparent high
incidence of unexplained losses of ship, small boats, and aircraft.
The Coast Guard does not recognize the existence of the so-called Bermuda Triangle as a
geographic area of specific hazard to ships or planes. In a review of many aircraft and
vessel losses in the area over the years, there has been nothing discovered that would
indicate that casualties were the result of anything other than physical causes. No
extraordinary factors have ever been identified."
It would be interesting to know what the brave men and women of Coast Guard's districts 5
& 7 think of the area on a personal level.
The weather in and around the triangle must be taken into
consideration as a primary factor in any of the reports. The weather in the area can be
some of the most extreme on the planet.
This News Release is from the Coast Guard Archives dated March 10, 2011:
Coast Guard and partners in Florida Keys respond to 15 cases in two hours
KEY WEST, Fla. The Coast Guard,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tow Boat U.S. and other partner
agencies in the Florida Keys responded to 15 separate search and rescue cases in less than
two hours when high winds and seas caught many boaters unprepared Thursday.
Between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., the Sector Key
West Command Center responded to, among others, a capsized vessel with two people in the
water near Islamorada, Fla.; a 40-foot catamaran with 31 people on board that ran aground
and was taking on water near Cottrell Key, Fla.; and a sailing vessel with four
persons on board that lost propulsion and drifted into the Channel Five Bridge between
Craig Key, Fla. and Fiesta Key, Fla.
The Sector Key West Command Center, in operation 24-hours a
day, is typically outfitted with a four-person watch team. At the height of the response,
more than 15 personnel teamed up in the command center to manage the case load.
Multiple smallboat crews from Coast Guard Station Islamorada,
Coast Guard Station Marathon, and Coast Guard Station Key West, a helicopter aircrew from
Coast Guard Air Station Miami, and numerous partner agency vessels were involved in the
The teamwork demonstrated today between our command
center, response assets, and partner agencies was outstanding, said Capt. Pat
DeQuattro, Coast Guard Sector Key West commander. The fact that each
distressed boater was rescued, or otherwise assisted with no injuries or medical concerns,
is a testament to the strength of our teamwork and outstanding partnerships in the
The Coast Guard is currently still investigating the 40-foot
catamaran aground near Cottrell Key.
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The earliest documentation that can be found of any occurrence in the area came from
Christopher Columbus, who reported compass malfunctions and a bolt of fire that fell into
the sea. He also reports of a light on the horizon the night before land was observed.
Each account of the data has a little different spin on what Christopher actually
Since that time there have been hundreds of disappearances in or
near the area
In the past, extensive, but futile Coast Guard searches promted by
search and rescue cases such as the disappearance of a squadron of TBM Avengers (Flight
19) shortly after take off from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, or the traceless disappearance of
the U.S.S. Cyclops and countless others have lent credence to the popular belief in the
mystery and supernatural qualities of The Bermuda Triangle.
It seems interest in the triangle can be traced to:
1. The cover article in the August 1968 Argosy magazine, "The Spreading
Mystery of the Burmuda Triangle". (This is what started my intrest in the
triangle. I borrowed my dads ARGOSY to read the article, the hot pictures of babes in
bikinis were just an added bonus for a 12 year old! I still have a copy of that issue in
the files. I have been collecting data from that time on.)
2. The answer to a letter to the editor in the January 1969 Playboy magazine.
3. An article published on August 4, 1968 entitled "Limbo of Lost Ships" by
Leslie Lieber. Publication unknown.
4. Many newspapers carried a December 22, 1967 National Geographic Society news release
which was derived mostly from Vincent Gaddis' Invisible Horizons: True Mysteries of
the Sea (Chilton Books).
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Countless theories attempting to explain the many disappearances have
been offered throughout the history of the area. The most practical seem to be
environmental and those citing human error. The majority of disappearances can be
attributed to the area's unique environmental features.
It has been said that the triangle is one of the two
places on earth that a magnetic compass does point towards true north. Normally it points
toward magnetic north. The difference between the two is known as compass variation. The
amount of variation changes by as much as 20 degrees as one circumnavigates the earth. If
this is the case and a compass variation or error is not compensated for, a navigator
could find himself far off course and in deep trouble.
Another environmental factor is the character of the Gulf Stream. It is extremely
swift and turbulent and can quickly erase any evidence of a disaster. The unpredictable
Caribbean-Atlantic weather pattern also plays its role. Sudden local thunder storms and
water spouts often spell disaster for pilots and mariners. Finally, the topography of the
ocean floor varies from extensive shoals around the islands to some of the deepest marine
trenches in the world. With the interaction of the strong currents over the many reefs the
topography is in a state of constant flux and development of new navigational hazards is
swift. Not to be under estimated is the human error factor. A large number of
pleasure boats travel the waters between Florida's Gold Coast and the Bahamas. All too
often, crossings are attempted with too small a boat, insufficient knowledge of the area's
hazards, and a lack of good seamanship.
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Aliens & Time
There is another school of thought regarding the disappearance of
people along with their craft, it is thought that they are "trapped in-between time
dimensions," of which there is "no way out." These disappearances are
accidental and not intentional. The victims were in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
The "Bermuda Triangle" is one of two portals, used by the
"human-like" aliens, to travel from their planet to ours. The "Bermuda
Triangle" is not actually a triangle. When it is "in-phase," it is
constantly in motion and in intensity (between one to one and a half mile wide). The
disappearances occur when caught in the center or within the first two outward radiating
The occurrence takes place 25 times a year and lasts for 28 minutes, for the
"Bermuda Triangle." The "Pacific Triangle," takes place only 3 times a
year. The "Bermuda and the Pacific Triangles" are linked to other triangles that
exist throughout the universe. The "human-like" aliens technology enable them to
use "time compression, solar power and the ability to reduce friction," for
travelling across vast distances. It takes them approximately 24 hours to travel from
their planet to Earth.
These "time holes" can be described as an "accordion in motion."
When the "time hole" is compressed, the craft enters one end and when the
"time hole" expands itself, the craft is at the opposite end exiting one
"time hole" and entering another. The "human-like" aliens know exactly
which "time hole" is compressed, at any given time.
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This theory was helped along in more recent years by the psychic Edgar
Cayce (1877-1945) who became the U.S.'s most prominent advocate of a factual Atlantis.
Widely known as "The Sleeping Prophet," Cayce claimed the ability to see the
future and to communicate with long-dead spirits from the past. He identified hundreds of
people...including himself ...as reincarnated Atlanteans.
Cayce said that Atlantis had been situated near the Bermuda island of Bimini. He believed
that Atlanteans possessed remarkable technologies, including supremely powerful
"fire-crystals" which they harnessed for energy. A disaster in which the
fire-crystals went out of control was responsible for Atlantis's sinking, he said, in what
sounds very much like a cautionary fable (what is that about history repeating itself ?)
on the dangers of nuclear power. If still intermittently active beneath the ocean waves,
damaged fire-crystals send out energy fields that interfere with passing ships and
aircraft...which is how Cayce accounted for the Bermuda Triangle.
Cayce prophesied that "elements of Atlantis would rise in 1968 and 1969".
The Bimini Wall or Road was discovered off the coast of Bimini in 1968.
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Dr. Ben Clennell, of Leeds University, England, is not
the first to make note of the possibility of methane hydrates as a source for causing
ships to disappear, he has become identified with the theory which, on September 21, 1998,
at the Festival of Earth Sciences at Cardiff, Wales, he proposed methane hydrates as the
future of energy.
As a part of his elaborate dissertation he claimed that methane locked below the sea
sediments in the Bermuda Triangle can explain the mysterious disappearances. He told how
subterranean landslides can unlock the vast beds of methane hydrate. This would be
disastrous, he told the audience, because large amounts of methane would reduce the
density of the water. This would make any ship floating above sink like a
rock. He went on to explain how the highly combustible gas could also ignite
aircraft engines and blow them to pieces. Although I believe a certain percentage of
flammable gas to air is required for the atmosphere to become combustible.
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In 1970, Dr. Ray Brown, a naturopathic practitioner from Mesa, Arizona,
went scuba diving with some friends near the Bari Islands in the Bahamas, close to a
popular area known as the Tongue of the Ocean (This was depicted in the television show,
"In Search Of...Atlantis," originally made in 1979.
During one of his dives, Brown became separated from his friends and while searching
for them he was startled when he came across a strange pyramid shape silhouetted against
the aquamarine light. Upon investigating further, Brown was surprised by how smooth and
mirror-like was the stone surface of the whole structure, with the joints between the
individual blocks almost indiscernible. Swimming around the capstone, which Brown thought
might have been lapis lazuli, he discovered an entrance and decided to explore inside.
Passing along a narrow hallway, Brown finally came to a small rectangular room with a
pyramid-shaped ceiling. He was totally amazed that this room contained no algae or coral
growing on the inner walls. They were completely spotless! In addition, though Brown had
brought no torch with him, he could nevertheless see everything in the room with his
normal eyesight. The room was well lit, but no direct light source was visible. Brown's
attention was drawn to a brassy metallic rod three inches in diameter hanging down from
the apex of the center of the room and at its end was attached a many-facetted red gem,
which tapered to a point. Directly below this rod and gem, sitting in the middle of the
room, was a stand of carved stone topped by a stone plate with scrolled ends. On the plate
there was a pair of carved metal bronze-colored hands, life-sized, which appeared
blackened and burnt, as if having been subjected to tremendous heat. Nestled in the hands,
and situated four feet directly below the ceiling rod gem point, was a crystal sphere
four-inches in diameter. Brown tried to loosen the ceiling rod and red gemstone but
neither would move. Returning to the crystal sphere, he found, to his amazement, that it
separated easily from the bronze hand holders. With the crystal sphere in his right hand
he then made his way out of the pyramid. As he departed, Brown felt an unseen presence and
heard a voice telling him never to return!
Fearing, rightly, that his unusual prize might be confiscated as salvage-treasure by
the American Government, Dr. Brown did not reveal the existence of his strange crystal
sphere, nor did he relate his experiences until 1975, when he exhibited his crystal for
the first time at a psychic seminar in Phoenix.
Since that time, the crystal sphere has made only a very few public appearances but
on each occasion people who have seen it have experienced strange phenomena directly
associated with it.
Deep inside the crystal form, one gazes upon three pyramidal images, one in front of
the other,in decreasing sizes. Some people who enter a deep meditative state of
consciousness are able to discern a fourth pyramid, in the foreground of the other three.
Elizabeth Bacon, a New York psychic, claimed while in trance, that the crystal
sphere had once belonged to Thoth, the Egyptian God who was responsible for burying a
secret vault of knowledge in Giza, near the three great Pyramids. Perhaps the positions of
the three pyramidal images in the crystal sphere hold the long-sought key to finding a
fourth, as yet unfound, subterranean pyramid that will lead us to the Hall of Records? Who
Looking at the crystal sphere from the side, the internal images dissolve into
thousands of tiny fracture lines. Brown feels that these may prove to be electrical in
nature, like some form of microscopic circuitry. From yet another angle, and under special
conditions, many people have been able to see a large single human eye staring out
serenely at them. Photographs of this eye have also been taken. I have not been able to
find this photo anywhere. (note to self: find photo)
Dr. Brown's crystal sphere has been the source of a wide variety of paranormal and
mysterious occurrences. People have felt breezes or winds blowing close to it. Both cold
and warm layers surround it at various distances. Other witnesses have observed phantom
lights, heard voices or felt strange tingling sensations surrounding it. A compass needle,
when placed next to the crystal sphere, will spin counter-clockwise, then commence turning
in the opposite direction when moved only inches away. Metals become temporarily
magnetized when they come into close contact with the sphere.
There are even recorded instances where healing has taken place by merely touching
We may only speculate as to why the crystal sphere was created and what part it once
played within the underwater Bahamas pyramid discovered by Ray Brown.
These are just a few of the more popular
theories, any that you come up with are just as good.
Here are some other possible explanations sent to us by readers...
I make no claims, I try to draw no inferences.
I have been, and will always be a maker of lists.
Whatever you think of the triangle, I hope you
find the data entertaining.
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