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]

Incidents at sea[edit]

  • 1800: USS Pickering, on course from Guadeloupe to Delaware, lost with 90 people on board.[13] {Possibly lost in a gale}
  • 1814: USS Wasp (1814), last known position was the Caribbean, lost with 140 people on board.[13] {Possibly lost in a storm}
  • 1824: USS Wild Cat (1822), on course from Cuba to Tompkins Island, lost with 14 people on board.[13] {Note lost in a Gale with 31 on board}
  • 1840: Rosalie, found abandoned except for a canary.[13] {Possibly the "Rossini" found derelict{?}[14]
  • 1918: USS Cyclops, collier, left Barbados on March 4, lost with all 306 crew and passengers en route to Baltimore, Maryland.[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • 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.[17]
  • 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.[18] They were both sister ships of the USS Cyclops.
  • 1963: SS 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.[19]
  • 2015: SS El Faro, sank off of the coast of the Bahamas within the triangle on October 1, 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. ^ Harro Ranter (3 July 1947). "ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-54G-1-DO Skymaster 45-519 Florida coast, USA". 
  3. ^ Find a grave memorial
  4. ^ The Milwaukee Sentinel November 20, 1949
  5. ^ G-AHNP Aviation Safety Network - Avro 688 Tudor 1 G-AHNP
  6. ^ NC16002 Aviation Safety Network - Douglas DC-3DST-144 NC16002
  7. ^ G-AGRE Avro 688 Tudor Mk.1 G-AGRE c/n 1253 - Jack McKillop
  8. ^ Harro Ranter. "ASN Aircraft accident 08-JAN-1962 Boeing KB-50K Superfortress 51-0465". 
  9. ^ ASN database
  10. ^ The Milwaukee Journal August 11, 1965
  11. ^ [The Legend lists plane loss as a "Cessna" But see NTSA report]
  12. ^ NTSB Record as NTSB Identification: MIA66A0065
  13. ^ a b c d Berlitz, Charles, and J. Manson Valentine. Without a Trace. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1977. Print.
  14. ^ "The derelict Rosalie". Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. 
  15. ^ USS Cyclops Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center - Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  16. ^ Simpson, Bland (2005). Ghost Ship of Diamond Shoals. UNC Press Books. 
  17. ^ "Mails and Shipping". The Times (44157). London. 31 December 1925. col D, p. 18. 
  18. ^ Rob Fisher. "Naval - History of the Royal Canadian Navy - Canadian Merchant Ship Losses, 1939-1945". 
  19. ^ Marine Sulphur Queen Coast Guard Report Summary of Findings
  20. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the Bahamas". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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