List of Bermuda Triangle incidents

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This is a list of incidents attributed in popular culture to the Bermuda Triangle.

Aircraft incidents[edit]

  • 1945: December 5, Flight 19 (five TBF Avengers) lost with 14 airmen, and later the same day PBM Mariner BuNo 59225 lost with 13 airmen while searching for Flight 19.[1]
  • 1947: July 3. According to the Bermuda Triangle Legend a B-29 Aircraft was lost off Bermuda. Lawrence Kunsche investigated and found no reference to any such B-29 loss. In fact the aircraft loss was that of a Douglas C-54 which was lost in a storm off the Florida coast [2]
  • 1948: January 30, Avro Tudor G-AHNP Star Tiger lost with six crew and 25 passengers, en route from Santa Maria Airport in the Azores to Kindley Field, Bermuda.[3]
  • 1948: December 28, Douglas DC-3 NC16002 lost with three crew and 36 passengers, en route from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Miami.[4]
  • 1949: January 17, Avro Tudor G-AGRE Star Ariel lost with seven crew and 13 passengers, en route from Kindley Field, Bermuda, to Kingston Airport, Jamaica.[5]
  • 1962: January 8, A USAF KB 50 51-0465 was lost over the Atlantic between the US East Coast and the Azores[6]
  • 1965: December 6, Private Cessna lost with pilot and one passenger, en route from Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Bahamas Island.[citation needed]

Incidents at sea[edit]

  • 1800: USS Pickering (1798), on course from Guadeloupe to Delaware, lost with 90 people on board.[7] {Possibly lost in a gale}
  • 1814: USS Wasp (1814), last known position was the Caribbean, lost with 140 people on board.[7] {Possibly lost in a storm}
  • 1824: USS Wild Cat (1822), on course from Cuba to Tompkins Island, lost with 14 people on board.[7] {Note lost in a Gale with 31 on board}
  • 1840: Rosalie, found abandoned except for a canary.[7] {Possibly the "Rossini" found derelict{?}[8]
  • 1918: USS Cyclops, collier, left Barbados on March 4, lost with all 306 crew and passengers en route to Baltimore, Maryland.[9]
  • 1921: January 31, Carroll A. Deering, five-masted schooner, Captain W. B. Wormell, found aground and abandoned at Diamond Shoals, near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.[10]
  • 1925: 1 December, SS Cotopaxi, having departed Charleston, South Carolina two days earlier bound for Havana, Cuba, radioed a distress call reporting that the ship was sinking. She was officially listed as overdue on 31 December.[11]
  • 1941: USS Proteus (AC-9), lost with all 58 persons on board in heavy seas, having departed St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands with a cargo of bauxite on 23 November. The following month, her sister ship USS Nereus (AC-10) was lost with all 61 persons on board, having also departed St. Thomas with a cargo of bauxite, on 10 December. According to research by Rear Admiral George van Deurs, USN, who was familiar with this type of ship from their service in the USN, the acidic coal cargo would seriously erode the longitudinal support beams, making these aging and poorly constructed colliers extremely vulnerable to breaking up in heavy seas.[12] They were both sister ships of the USS Cyclops.
  • 1963: Marine Sulphur Queen, lost with all 39 crewmen, having departed Beaumont, Texas, on 2 February with a cargo of 15,260 tons of sulphur. She was last heard from on 4 February, when she was in rough, nearly following seas of 16 feet, with northerly winds of 25-46 knots, and listed as missing two days later. The Coast Guard subsequently determined that the ship was unsafe and not seaworthy, and never should have sailed. The final report suggested four causes of the disaster, all due to poor design and maintenance of the ship.[13]
  • 2015: SS El Faro, sank off of the coast of the Bahamas within the triangle on September 20, 2015. The boat was missing for exactly one month until search crews identified the vessel 15,000 feet below the surface.

Incidents on land[edit]


  1. ^ Flight 19 Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center - The Loss Of Flight 19[dead link]
  2. ^ Aviation Safety net report
  3. ^ G-AHNP Aviation Safety Network - Avro 688 Tudor 1 G-AHNP
  4. ^ NC16002 Aviation Safety Network - Douglas DC-3DST-144 NC16002
  5. ^ G-AGRE Avro 688 Tudor Mk.1 G-AGRE c/n 1253 - Jack McKillop
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ a b c d Berlitz, Charles, and J. Manson Valentine. Without a Trace. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1977. Print.
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ USS Cyclops Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center - Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  10. ^ Ghost Ship of Diamond Shoals: The Mystery of the Carroll A. Deering
  11. ^ "Mails and Shipping" The Times (London). Thursday, 31 December 1925. (44157), col D, p. 18.
  12. ^ Canadian Merchant Ship Losses of the Second World War, 1939-1945
  13. ^ Marine Sulphur Queen Coast Guard Report Summary of Findings
  14. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the Bahamas". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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