Top Ten Most Inexplicable Bermuda Triangle Disappearances

The Top Ten
1 Ellen Austin, 1881

This is creepy, be warned. In 1881, the 210-foot-long Ellen Austin was on her way to New York from London when she stumbled upon another ship near the Bermuda Triangle. Everything seemed fine with the unidentified ship drifting around aimlessly.

After two days of waiting to make sure it wasn't a trap, the captain entered the vessel with his crew to find nothing out of place, other than no crew being aboard. In order to bring the shipment back safely, the captain sent the majority of his crew aboard the Ellen Austin to sail right behind them.

However, after two days of sailing on calm waters, a squall separated the paths of the two ships, and in the blink of an eye, the Austin had vanished! Days after the storm, the captain's lookout could spot the vessel through his spyglass, only to realize the vessel was drifting far away aimlessly once again. After a while, Ellen Austin caught up to the vessel, but strangely, no one was on board!

First, the original crew went missing, but the ship was fine. Then, when the captain placed his own loyal prize crew on it, they disappeared without a trace under his own nose, again without any change in the boat. What happened?

2 USS Cyclops, 1918

This was the Bermuda Triangle disappearance with the highest loss of life, as well as the largest loss of life in the history of the US Navy in a single incident. Well over 300 passengers were aboard, and none of them were ever seen again.

You're probably wondering what happened to the Cyclops, though, so I'll explain it. In March 1918, this massive ship, the USS Cyclops, set out to sail from Brazil to Baltimore (I used to live in Baltimore, fun fact) through the Bermuda region carrying 10,800 tons of manganese ore (expensive!) with something like 310 crew members on board.

Setting off on a clear day, the first and only message sent by this ship indicated no troubles. However, the ship was never heard from again. An entire search of the area was put into action, but no remains of the ship or any crew members aboard have ever been found.

The captain of USS Cyclops never sent a distress signal, and no one aboard responded to radio calls from other vessels nearby. What happened to this enormous ship and the hundreds of people inside? None of their remains were ever found. Creepy indeed.

3 Witchcraft, 1967

This doesn't mean witchcraft as in magic. There was literally a boat named "Witchcraft." It was a luxury yacht, and two rich guys were aboard it to enjoy the wonderful view of Miami's Christmas lights. However, less than a mile offshore, the coast guard received a call from the captain stating that something had hit his ship, with no sign of damage.

The coast guard reached the spot in less than 20 minutes, but the area that the captain had said to come to was completely deserted, with no signs of any ship having been stranded or even present there previously. This particular cruiser was virtually unsinkable, not to mention the tons of life-saving devices present aboard, like life jackets, lifeboats, flares, and distress signal devices.

The coast guard searched hundreds of square miles of the ocean over the next few days, but no evidence was ever found. It's pretty creepy that in less than 20 minutes, the boat vanished, and it was a pretty recent disappearance, too.

4 Mary Celeste, 1872

This is one of the most mysterious and well-known Bermuda Triangle stories, though unlike some of the others, there is some evidence. Despite being found adrift in another location in the Atlantic Ocean, they had been traveling through the Bermuda Triangle just before that, and the hints on the ship suggested that the crew had been gone for a while.

Discovered on December 4, 1872, with everything in place except for the entire crew and a lifeboat, which probably couldn't fit all ten of them. It was also found that nine of the barrels in the cargo were empty, and there was a sword on the deck with some creepy red stains on it (but people think it was just rust). No trace of the people aboard the vessel or the missing lifeboat has ever been found.

Still, you can explain this one away. The crew may have been freaked out and jumped into the lifeboat for some reason. Maybe they got drunk or something, and there's no evidence that they were lost in the triangle itself, though that is likely.

5 Carroll A. Deering, 1921

Carroll A. Deering is one of the most famous Bermuda Triangle mysteries as well. On January 31, 1921, Carroll A. Deering was found hard aground on the treacherous rocks of Hatteras Diamond Shoals, North Carolina. When the investigation team reached the vessel after days of effort, all they found was a deserted ship with all crew members missing along with the crew's personal belongings, ship's navigational equipment, logbooks, and life rafts.

Known as the "Ghost Ship of the Outer Banks," the disappearance of Carroll A. Deering, along with as many as nine other vessels during the same time period in the Bermuda Triangle without a trace, is really strange. From all the important stuff missing, it seems that the crew fled the ship in lifeboats, but why?

6 Flight 19, 1945

Interestingly enough, while many other disappearances had already happened, this disappearance was what likely sparked the legend of the Bermuda Triangle. The five-plane squadron, Flight 19, with 27 men, set out on a training mission from their base through the Bermuda Triangle and never returned.

There was quite a bit of speculation over what may have happened to them, but there was never any evidence, and their bodies and planes were never found. Maybe they ran out of fuel. But that's not the scary part. A rescue mission of 13 men was sent to search for Flight 19 right after that, but those men disappeared without a trace as well.

One flight of multiple planes and 27 disappearances is weird enough, but a linked flight with everyone disappearing in a similar fashion pushes it to the unbelievable.

7 USS Wasp, 1814

The USS Wasp served in the United States Navy in 1814 during the War of 1812. It fought important battles and destroyed almost a dozen ships. It was a powerful vessel.

Strangely, one day in 1814, it mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle with well over a hundred men. This was the fourth reported disappearance there since Christopher Columbus's ship reported seeing "a large fire flame falling into the water, unusual compass readings, strange lights, and sounds" while in the middle of the triangle. There is still no evidence as to what happened to the ship.

8 The Sulphur Queen, 1963

The Sulphur Queen was a 523-foot tanker carrying sulfur. On February 3, 1963, the ship sent one radio report saying its location, which was in the Triangle. Then nothing. There was no SOS or anything. The ship simply disappeared.

Two weeks later, pieces of a raft, a life vest, and a broken oar washed up on Florida beaches. An investigation concluded that the vessel was nowhere near where it was supposed to be and likely caught fire at sea.

It may seem crazy, but it really isn't. One time the same boat actually sailed into a port with fires smoldering, unloaded the cargo, and sailed off again, still burning. Still, how does any boat, even one loaded to the brim with sulfur, catch fire in the middle of the ocean? And we still don't know if that was the real case. Weird.

9 USS Scorpion, 1968

The USS Scorpion was an enormous nuclear-powered submarine that inexplicably disappeared with 99 crew members one day in perfectly calm and shallow waters, also in quite recent times. While it's possible that it was sunk due to its involvement in the military, none of these theories were ever proven.

A while after the incident, a search mission finally found the wreckage deep in the sea. To this day, it's still unknown why the submarine was destroyed. This one could be explained, unlike some of the others, but since there's absolutely no proof of anything to this day, it remains a mystery to people like you and me.

10 Patriot, 1812

I put this one in the last spot on the list because the daughter of the Vice-President of the United States, Aaron Burr, was one of the many people lost in this accident. Everything before that proceeded as planned. They boarded the ship on schedule with enough provisions to survive for a while, and yet somehow the ship disappeared without a trace!

There has never been any recorded evidence of what happened to it. People believe the ship was overloaded and sank. I don't know why they think that, but that's what people say.

The Contenders
11 Amelia Earhart, 1937 Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the United States Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment.
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