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The aim of this essay is to investigate the causes why the majority of people believed. The Bermuda Triangle is cursed to provide a conclusion. The Bermuda triangle may also be known as The Devil’s Triangle or Hurricane Alley. Which was written about by Larry Kusche, Charles Berlitz, Edward Van Winkle Jones, Vincent Gaddis, and many others. The stories written were about the legend of Atlantis and the mysterious theories that have been told of The Bermuda Triangle. Holly Christodoulou reported in the SUN News Website, on July 31, 2018, that over a thousand men on aircraft and Vessels have disappeared without a trace nor a single distress signal. 75 Aircraft and 300 vessels all seemed to vanish in the same route across the Bermuda Triangle, a reason for which all of them believed The Bermuda Triangle was cursed. The phrase ‘Bermuda Triangle’ was coined by Vincent Gaddis in 1964, but it only became known worldwide a decade later, when Charles Berlitz wrote a book on it. The Bermuda Triangle book is a best-selling book by Charles Berlitz in 1974 which popularized the belief of the Bermuda Triangle as an area of ocean prone to disappearing ships and airplanes. Lists of Bermuda Triangle incidents as mentioned above are documented in Wikipedia.com dated from 1945 – 2017.

The Triangle is located in between the coasts of Bermuda, Florida, and Puerto Rico, and is located near the Caribbean Sea longitude and latitude of 25.0000° N, 71.0000° W, if all the locations were connected, this will form a triangle-like shape, the invisible outline covers up to 440,000 miles of the sea which is how it was named.

Vessels and aircraft have all vanished off the radar in an invisible outline of a Triangle. The Bermuda triangle is located near the Caribbean Sea longitude and latitude of 25.0000° N, 71.0000° W, the invisible outline covers up to 440,000 miles of sea. It is part of one of the busiest shipping routes in the world, with a number of vessels heading to America, Europe, and the Caribbean crossing through every day. The Bermuda Triangle is an area with interesting historical events that had petrified sailors and many residents around it.

Bermuda Triangles’ earliest suggestion of phenomenal disappearances appeared on September 17, 1950, on an article written in Miami published by Edward Van Winkle Jones. The Triangle has multiple facts and myths, which is used as entertainment currently. Some examples of these are rumors of underwater alien bases and the legendary lost island continent of Atlantis. The triangle has been well known for its serious and mysterious events that have caused vessels and aircraft to vanish without a trace or a single distress signal. The Bermuda Triangle has been claiming victims on a regular basis, one of the victims of the Triangle was the Mary Celeste, which was a vessel that appeared in the triangle without a single soul in it, in 1872 which was last logged on November 26, 1872.

Ellen Austin’s mysterious event took people’s breadths away. The Ellen Austin was a vessel that was founded by captain backer in 1881. Captain Backer noticed that the ship was sailing, and didn’t seem to have a sailor. He decided to take it to London, leaving members of his crew on the vessel, to sail it back to London, however, according to Captain Baker after two days of sail a squall separated the path of the two ships, which wasn’t, ever seen again. The Ellen Austin was presumed also claimed by the Triangle. Furthermore, the missing boats and planes such as The USS Cyclops – a 542-foot-long Navy cargo ship with over 300 sailors on board, sank somewhere in between The Chesapeake and Bay Barbados. The vessels and aircraft are believed to be shipwrecked under the ocean.

Thousands of lives have been lost in the last 100 years, which then was brought to attention by sailors and writers. Over the years astonishing theories have been offered to explain the mysteries. Some authors like Charles Berlitz and Edward Van Winkle Jones have expanded their ideas about Atlantis, advocating that the mythical city may lie at the bottom of the sea, and is using “crystal engines” to sink the planes and ships. A short article was written by George Sand called ‘Sea Mystery at Our Back Door’, covers the loss of several aircraft and vessels, including the loss of Flight 19, a group of five US Navy Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bombers on a training mission. Flight 19 alone was covered again in April 1962, which was issued on the American Legion Magazine. In it the Author Allan W. Eckert mentioned that the flight leader was heard saying “ We have entered the white river, nothing seems right. We don’t know where we are, The water is green no white.” Eckert also wrote that officials at the Navy board of inquiry said the planes flew off to Mars. Sand’s article was the first to suggest a supernatural element to the flight 19 incident.

In February 1964, vincent Gaddis’ article “ The Deadly Bermuda Triangle” argued that flight 19 and other disappearances were part of a pattern of strange events in the region. One year later Gaddis expanded his article into a book called The Invisible Morrisons.

The tales of the Bermuda triangle began to fame since the time of Christopher Columbus, The famous sea explorer who spotted a strange light or flame of fire crash in the Bermuda Triangle reporters believe it was a meteor, which crashed into the sea one night. Christopher Columbus first wrote an account in a log in the 15th century, He mentioned in his log that his compass went berserk once they touched an unseen boundary between Florida and Puerto Rico. According to his log, on October 8, 1492, Columbus peered down at his compass and noticed that the compass readings were off by compass was Thrown Off by Changes in Earth’s Magnetic Field. The Earth’s northernmost magnetic point or magnetic north is different from its geographic North Pole, and scientists have long known that the magnetic poles are on the move. According to the science journal Nature, something strange is going on deep down below. Because of the apparent shifting of the magnetic poles, the vital component of systems ranging from geopositioning systems used to navigate ships through to smartphone trackers and maps are affected, and hence the navigation systems of most if not all ships and planes flying either on or above are affected causing fatal accidents.

Many Appalling factors and occurrences have misled people to the conclusion of The Bermuda Triangle is cursed, but it will be befitting to ask ourselves as intelligent people the question: “Is the Bermuda Triangle Really Dangerous as alleged and discussed above?” Many historians and writers such as Larry Kusche and Gian J. Quasar have argued that the Bermuda Triangle is just a legend or fable that has no scientific truth in it. The following points illustrate exactly that, the triangle is believed to have a simple explanation, such as treacherous weather conditions, this theory is supported by an Australian scientist named Karl Kruszelnicki, who also stated that there was no mystery in the first place, He insisted that the disappearances were explained by nothing more than just human error plus bad weather.

Larry Kusche, the author of The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Solved in 1975, argued that many claims of Gaddis and subsequent writers were exaggerated, dubious, or unverifiable. Furthermore, Kusche’s research revealed a number of inaccuracies and inconsistencies between Berlitz’s, Van Winkle Jones’s, and Gaddis’s accounts and statements about the Triangle. Larry Kusche provides evidence that records have been kept by the Aviation Safety Network and the U.S Coast Guards indicate that many of these disappearances can be linked to storm activity in the area, or to unsafe conditions on the vehicles themselves.

The U.S Coast Guard website stated in a review, that many aircraft and vessel losses in the area over the years, had nothing discovered that would indicate that casualties were the result of anything other than physical causes. According to the National Ocean Service of the Earth’s seas, the seas contain approximately 321 million cubic miles (1,338 cubic kilometers) of water, so it’s no wonder that boats and airplanes can seemingly disappear into them and leave no sign of their passing. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, also mentioned that tropical storms and hurricanes are also common in this region of the Atlantic, which could account for many of the reported disappearances that have happened over the years in the Bermuda Triangle.

Again, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stated also, that ships passing through the area in the past would have been more vulnerable to sudden and extreme changes in the weather than vessels today, which have access to more accurate forecasts. The author Aaron Rosenberg stated that Brief yet violent thunderstorms called meso-meteorological storms can also spring up at sea without warning, which could have also played a part, in disrupting ship communications and stirring up enormous waves.

In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration noted that the presence of many islands dotting the Caribbean Sea creates expanses of shallow water that could also spell trouble for large ships, and if an accident were to occur, sharks and barracuda would make short work of bodies in the water, while the swiftly flowing Gulf Stream would quickly disperse any evidence of wreckage from the site of a crash or explosion.

Dr. Boxall an ocean and earth scientist Rogue waves and lightning storms only last for minutes and were first observed via satellite in 1997 off the coast of South Africa. These towering waves measured up to 30m high which were able to wipe out a whole vessel. The bigger the boat was the more damage was done. Evidence has been proven to this theory, the infamous area in the Atlantic can experience three massive storms converge from different directions, which triggers an excellent condition for a rogue wave, according to Dr. Boxalls explained that such wave activity can be powerful enough to snap a boat in two. Dr. Boxall added that storms appear to the north and south which come together, if there were ones coming from Florida it could be a potentially deadly formation of rogue waves.

Another solution to the vanishings is based on the scientist John Hutchison’s theory to electronic malfunctioning. Based on his experiments, Hutchison’s theory of electronic fog causes strange phenomena, which made compasses, Aircraft, and other electronics fail. Aircraft and men have experienced some kind of electronic fog which moves along with the Aircraft or Vessels causing it to fall out of the sky or sink, with as little as 3 minutes. The Aircraft and vessels either disintegrate or disappear without a trace.

In conclusion, The Ocean has always been a mysterious place to humans. When foul weather or poor navigation is involved, it can be a very deadly place, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said in a statement. ‘There is no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with any greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large, well-traveled area of the sea. Which concludes with the question ‘what caused people to believe the Bermuda triangle was cursed?’ The Bermuda triangle was just a folktale which was made up for sailors. It was a misleading theory of unintelligent people and their absurd theories that have no logic behind their theory, which was then published by Edward Van Winkle Jones and others like him.

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