Famous Disappearances in The Bermuda Triangle

Famous Disappearances in The Bermuda Triangle

I thought it was about time we looked into a few of the more famous disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. It still remains one of the word’s greatest mysteries and has been a personal favorite of mine since I was a kid!


There are untold amounts of scientific theories behind why these incidents have happened but one thing is for certain – more planes and ships have disappeared there than anywhere else in the world!

As a youngster I used to read many an article on the subject and wonder why people would ever attempted to cross that portion of the ocean. The Devil’s Triangle (as it is sometimes known) stretches from a point in Florida, a point in Puerto Rico and an area in Bermuda (naturally!).

There are many different supernatural theories behind the famous disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle and that’s what makes it so interesting. Many people think aliens or UFO activity is to blame but the most interesting theory involves the lost city of Atlantis. It is thought/rumoured that the advanced technology of the sunken city could be the cause of wormholes or dimension slips.

Whatever the theory one thing is for certain – there have been many famous disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle that cannot be explained…….

1945 – The Flight 19 Incident

This is one of the more famous disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle due to the fact Steven Spielberg used the incident in his UFO film – Close Encounters of The Third Kind. When the abductees are returned near the end of the film you can see the pilots among the crowd.

In 1945 five torpedo bombers were taking part in a training exercise when they literally disappeared off the face of the Earth! There was a total of 14 men aboard these planes and nothing was ever heard from them again.

The Flight 19 Incident

1881 – The Ellen Austin Incident

The Ellen Austin was a very popular vessel that used to make the long journey between New York and London. The Ellen Austin itself did not disappear but it had two very strange encounters on two separate journeys.

Both encounters involved meeting up with a strange deserted ship in the Bermuda Triangle. During the first encounter the Ellen Austin put a few crew members on the deserted ship for salvage purposes. They sailed the new ship alongside the Ellen Austin until two days later the ship (and crew) disappeared without trace!

A few months later the Ellen Austin encountered the exact same ship again and attempted to profit out of the ship once more – unfortunately they were met with the same result as both ship and crew disappeared!

1918 – The USS Cyclops Carrier Ship

This huge ship was in action in the first World War as it supplied fuel to various army vessels. The ship was on a routine trip from Barbados to Baltimore when it vanished along with over 300 crew men.

At first there was a large panic as the military thought a German sub had got at the ship. There was a large search party sent out to look for debris but nothing was ever found.

The USS Cyclops Carrier Ship

1948 – The Tudor Star Tiger

Another of the famous disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle involved a British plane named the Tudor Star Tiger. It had 25 passengers on board and was making a journey from Santa Maria.

Once it arrived in the territory of the Bermuda Triangle all radio contact with it was lost. Many aircraft were sent out over the next several days to search for the plane but no trace of it was ever found.

1948 – The Mystery of Flight DC-3

There were two famous disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle during the year of 1948 – both of them planes. We just covered the Tudor Star Tiger above but a Douglas Dakota DC-3 also went missing and was never found.

It was on a journey from Puerto Rico to Miami and not far off landing when the flight seemed to completely vanish with 26 people on board. The last contact with the plane was when it was approximately 50 miles off it’s due landing position.

1967 – Witchcraft

The Witchcraft was the first of the famous disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle I read about as a kid – it’s what got me hooked on the subject!

The Witchcraft was a large luxury cabin cruiser that was owned by a rich hotel owner named Burrack. He decided to treat his father to a view of the Miami shoreline at night because of the magnificent array of Christmas lights on show.

Later that night something very strange happened to the Witchcraft as it hit an unidentified object. Burrack phoned it in to the coast guard and requested a tow back to shore. The coast guard waited for a flare but nothing followed the call – when they finally got to the ship’s last known position there was nothing to be found. Extensive searches never turned up any evidence of what had happened to the boat.

These are my favourite choices out of the many famous disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. What are your favourite tales from this strange area of the world? Have you ever been to this part of the world? Please leave any opinions or thoughts on the matter in the comment section below!


  1. Triangle (2009)
    Sooooo good! Just don’t watch the trailer! Ruins it. It’s amazing though!

    • Yeah I remember that one James – pretty cool film! Thanks for reminding me about that one 🙂

  2. Wow! Didn’t know that there were SO many disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle, I had only heard about the “Witchcraft” (quite ironical name looking at what happened to it) one. I’ve heard about magnetic storms around that region, but no one is really sure why those things keep on happening there. What is your opinion? Is there a scientific or supernatural explanation to it?
    And to answer your question – no, I’ve not been there but I would be thrilled to get there one day!

    • Well most people are leaning towards the scientific angle these days but they still haven’t managed to explain it…personally I think if they haven’t figured it out by now, they never will!!!!

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