What are the three places that form the Bermuda Triangle?

In March 1918, a U.S. Navy ship with a crew of 309 departed Barbados and was never seen again. Did the ship capsize? Is there a supernatural explanation?

The area in which the ship disappeared is the infamous Bermuda Triangle. Also known as the Devil’s Triangle, it is a heavily traveled shipping lane in the Atlantic Ocean where ships and planes have been known to mysteriously disappear. The boundaries vary slightly, but according to the Naval History and Heritage Command, the triangle apexes are usually considered to be Bermuda; Miami, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

(The Bermuda Triangle is one mystery, UFOs are another. Learn about the strange circumstances in which “UFO” and “flying saucer” were coined, here.)

Over time, the Bermuda Triangle has tickled the imagination of armchair travelers and conspiracy theorists, securing itself a place in popular culture. But suspicions of paranormal activity playing a role in the disappearances have been, for the most part, dispelled. For example, the U.S. Navy does not believe in the existence, or unusual attributes, of the triangle.

There are reasonable explanations for the disappearances within the Bermuda Triangle, from human error to piracy to hurricanes. Incidentally, the number of disappearances that occur within the Bermuda Triangle is fairly similar to other ocean areas of similar size, further debunking the myth that mysterious forces are at work in these Caribbean waters.

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