Originally Posted by ssullivan
I'm going for fiction, but with a possible cause for the large number of lost
vessels, planes, etc...
My reasoning is that it's a heavily traveled area with many boats and planes in it. So... a higher number of craft would go missing if there were more craft out there to begin with.
When the Bermuda Triangle story was really popular in the 1970's, it was common to see lists of all these ships and airplanes that "disappeared in the bermuda triangle". A skeptic who investigated discovered that many of the cited incidents took place well outside the commonly accepted definition of the bermuda triangle.
A few examples from memory of a book I read a long time ago: The ship that was found with dinner on the table but nobody on board was between Portugal
and the Azores
. Flight 19 was lost, but hardly in unusual circumstances and they went down at about the time they were expected to run out of fuel
. Other ships "lost in the bermuda triangle" were off the coast of Nova Scotia
, near Norway
, or even in the Pacific Ocean
So, not to be too blunt, but: It's easy to prove the Bermuda Triangle exists -- all you have to do is LIE.
On the other hand, the area of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina
in the US has a fairly reasonable claim to the name "Graveyard of the Atlantic". A map of known shipwrecks in that region looks like a dotted line along the coast. There is no mystery there, though -- the shoreline is a barrier island that stands a few meters above sea level, and behind the island is several more miles of water
. If you're on a square rigged sailing ship, and your last longitude fix was at Falmouth, England
, you could easily be aground before you saw the land.
But that won't get you a miniseries.
Ever experienced any weird phenomenon while at sea in the "Triangle" or elsewhere?