The Bermuda Triangle seems to be a very real threat, but what actually happened to the many ships and planes that traveled through the terrifying area? Let’s find out!
1. The USS Pickering
The USS Pickering was on course from Guadeloupe to Delaware but vanished with 90 people on board in 1800. It’s unknown what happened to the ship but many have been lost in a gale, though it’s never been proven. This storm is also thought to have been responsible for the disappearance of the USS Insurgent.
2. The USS Patriot
On December 30, 1812, the USS Patriot completely disappeared. The boat was on its way to New York from Charleston, South Carolina. Theodosia Burr Alston, the daughter of American politician and third vice president of the US Aaron Burr, was one of the many passengers on the boat that mysteriously vanished.
3. The USS Wasp
The USS Wasp disappeared around the Bermuda Triangle in 1814 with 140 people on board. Wasp was last seen by a Swedish merchant bound from Rio de Janeiro to England and heading to the Caribbean. It’s thought that Wasp sunk in a storm, but no proof has been found.
4. The USS Wild Cat
This huge boat was on course from Cuba to Tompkins Island. Like several other boats, the Wild Cat was hit with the Bermuda Triangle’s curse and was lost in a gale in October 1824. It’s thought that around 31 people drowned.
The Rosalie was a large ship found abandoned except a single canary. The ship was found in the Bermuda Triangle in 1840 just two years after it was built. Its sails were set and cargo was still intact. But the crew? All gone.
6. The USS Cyclops
The USS Cyclops left Barbados on March 4, 1918, with 306 people on board but it was never seen again as it disappeared before arriving at Baltimore, Maryland. According to reports, the boat was overloaded and many have claimed that its loss could owe to structural failure.
7. Carroll A. Deering
The Carroll A. Deering was a huge, five-masted schooner that went missing around the Bermuda Triangle in January 1921. On January 31, 1921, the ship was sighted around North Carolina and was eventually boarded on February 4. Upon investigating the ship, it became clear that it had been completely abandoned with many pointing towards a mutiny or even piracy.
8. SS Cotopaxi
The SS Cotopaxi departed Charleston, South Carolina on November 29, 1925, and on its way to Havana, Cuba, it radioed a distress call that the ship was sinking around the Bermuda Triangle but was never heard from again. The ship has since been linked to the Bermuda Triangle curse.
9. The USS Proteus
This giant ship was completely lost along with its 58 crew members. The USS Proteus departed St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands in November 1941 and was never seen again. Many have claimed the Bermuda Triangle was responsible for the disappearance while others have blamed a design flaw in the ship.
10. The USS Nereus
The USS Proteus’ sister, the USS Nereus, met the same fate. The Nereus departed St. Thomas in December 1941 and it too vanished. It’s thought that the Nereus sank after it was torpedoed by a German U-boat. Strangely enough, both the Nereus and Proteus were sister ships of the USS Cyclops!
11. Flight 19
On December 5, 1945, Flight 19 disappeared above the Bermuda Triangle along with the 14 men on the plane. They were scheduled to go east from Florida Naval base before heading north but they were never heard from again. To top that off, two rescue Martin Mariner aircraft were sent out to search for the flight, but one of them failed to return.
12. A B-29 Superfortress
According to the Bermuda Triangle myth, a B-29 Superfortress plane disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle in July 1947. However, upon an investigation, it was revealed that no such plane had disappeared. Strangely enough, a B-29 plane did go missing in the Atlantic in November 1949! Fortunately, 18 survivors were found days later just northeast of Bermuda.
13. A Tudor Star Tiger
This plane went missing in January 1948 and was lost with six crew and 25 passengers while on its way to Kindley Field, Bermuda, from Santa Maria Airport.
14. A Douglas DC-3 NC16002
The plane completely vanished in December 1948 including its three crew members and 36 passengers. According to reports, the plane was flying from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Miami.
15. A Tudor Star Ariel
In January 1949, the Avro Tudor G-AGRE Star Ariel plane went missing with seven crew and 13 passengers. At the time of its disappearance, the plane was flying from Kindley Field, Bermuda, to Kingston Airport, Jamaica.