The Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle The Bermuda Triangle On a bright, clear June day a plane, passing through what is called the Bermuda Triangle, sends a SOS signal to the tower. Suddenly, the radio contact suffers a break, the plane never makes contact again. One can only imagine what happened to those people aboard the aircraft, many may say that the disappearance concerned UFOs, while others say that it had to be a mistake. Yet, there appears to be another explanation, they were victims of the Devils Triangle. It was described as a place where ships sail off the end of the earth, where planes climb up into the sky never to come down again, and where sailors and airmen disappear forever.(Winer xiii) Even though this area consumes ships and planes at a rate of 40 to 50 a year(unknown 9), Ralph Stephen, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution insist that Theres absolutely nothing scientific supporting the phenomenon[Bermuda Triangle].

Theres nothing mysterious there (unknown 9). If nothing were there, the unexplainable could be explain and century old mysteries solve, yet no reasonable explanation has come forth, therefore the Devils Triangle lies waiting for its next victim. The Bermuda Triangle/Devils Triangle covers about 1,140,000 sq. km (about 440,000 sq. mi.) between the island of Bermuda, the coast of southern Florida, and Puerto Rico.

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Actually, The Devils Triangle is not a triangle at all. It is a trapezium, a four-sided area in which no two sides or angles are the same. And the first four letters of the word trapezium more than adequately describe it(Winer 9). This stretch of sea usually generates fair weather and good seafaring water conditions, these conditions make it hard for some to understand why so many ships and planes seem to disappear in this area. The Bermuda Triangle has been around for many centuries.

Actually, it began way before America was named America, it began with Christopher Columbus. It is mentioned in the great explorers chronicle that the night before the history-changing discovery, he and his crew saw what appeared to be a greenish glowing light that at times would move about. Anthropologists theorize that what he saw were cooking fires in fishing canoes of Carib Indians moving up and down in the waves..But no matter what it was, Indians, illusions, or UFOs, that the mariners saw on that night in 1492 along the eastern fringe of the Bahama Islands, strange and unusual things have been happening in that area ever since (Winer xiv). Two years after his first trip to the new land Columbus set foot on America soil again. He having sailed the ocean blue once before, noted the wind blowing from the west.

This happened to alert his inter-intelligence, for he warned Bobadilla against setting sail for Spain. Needless to say Bobadilla refused to take heed of the warning. From the crews of the five surviving vessels out of twenty-seven ships that began their joinery from Hispaniols to Spain, we learn what happened as they passed through the Triangle. Rain moved perpendicular to its proper direction. Sails disintegrated.

Masts snapped. Men screamed. Others knelt down to pray..Then without warning the wind and rain were gone. All was still but the sea. The sun burst through wind-driven clouds.

And half the fleet was gone (Winer 26-7). The men thought that they were in for safe sailing from there on out, they had no way of knowing what was going to pounce on them like a mad, starving tiger. Again lightning flashed, but there was no sound of thunder. The shrieking winds drowned it out. Paint was blasted from the driving rain (Winer 27).

Had their captain only listened to Columbus warning, he may have saved his men and himself the pain and suffering that came next. Caravels smashed together and sank as one. Those who open their eyes into the wind-driven rain had their eyeball splattered out of the sockets..bodies were masses of torn flesh..Mouths that opened to scream spewed forth blood instead of words..Those dying prayed to live. Those living prayed to die (Winer 27-8). Of the seventeen ship that were lost, no one has been able to find any trace of them, therefore they are considered the first victims of the Bermuda Triangle. Not only did the disappearances increase since Columbus time, they get harder to explain. There are many unexplained vanishing associated with the Bermuda Triangle, such as the case of Herbie Pond.

Herbie was a rumrunner in 1931, he was then considered one of the best aviators, especially in the rumrunner industry. On a bright sunny day Herbie landed in a pasture to rid himself of the booze he was carrying. After he and the buyers were through with business he checked the fuel and oil. As the three cars move off, Herbie revved the engines, and the plane roared across the pasture and rose smoothly into the air..toward the ocean, West End, another cargo of whiskey, and the Devils Triangle. That was the last ever seen of the Curtiss Robin and Herbie Pond, [he is the] first known aviator to have vanished in the Devils Triangle (Winer 33).

A navy Constellation carrying forty-two persons including wives and children of service personnel vanished northwest of Bermuda on October 30, 1954. More than a hundred planes and ships searched for days, but no trace of the big four-engine Connie or those who had been aboard it was found. The navy could offer no explantion as to the disappearance (Winer 39). A navy destroyer has set times to report in to the base, when the time is missed the base radios the destroyer to confirm where-abouts. One day a destroyer took off from its base , it kept up with its report-ins perfectly. Then one report was missed, the base tried to contact the destroy, but was unable to do so.

A search party was send out. After not finding anything, the search was called off. About two days later a report came in from the missing ship, the exact report that came in right before the ship disappeared forever. On the night of Friday, November 9, 1956, a twin-engine navy P5M patrol bomber roared skyward from Hamilton, Bermuda. The plane was..equipped with a special magnetic anomaly detector.

A radio message was transmitted from the plane shortly after it was airborne. Nothing was ever heard from the Martian P5M or the ten men abroad her (Winer 39). Many of the lost vessels go unreported and many that are reported to the coast guard seems to be kept in secrecy. The coast guard responds to many calls of distress only to find an empty ocean within the bounds of the Bermuda Triangle. On February 2, 1953, an SOS was received from a British York transpo …


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