Hometown Tales Podcast

Monday, December 29, 2008

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The Devil's Triangle

Fort Lauderdale … Bermuda … Puerto Rico: three points in the Atlantic that comprise one of the most bizarre geographical locations on the globe. Tales have poured out of the Devil’s Triangle since Columbus. From accounts in his journal, “a great flame of fire” crashed into the ocean. He saw lights in the sky on October 11: brief flashes near the horizon. These could be meteors or even campfires on the West Indies coastlines.

One story that is truly baffling is the discovery of the Mary Celeste. Found abandoned in 1892, about 400 miles off its intended course from New York to Genoa, the Mary Celeste offered no sign of a crew or what had happened to them, except for a missing lifeboat.

On December 5, Flight 19, five Navy Avenger bombers, mysteriously vanished while on a routine training mission, as did a rescue plane sent to search for them. Six aircraft and 27 men, were gone without a trace while in radio contact with the Fort Lauderdale air base. Of course this was a training exercise with four novice pilots.

Theories involving strange magnetic fields, time warps, Atlantis, and alien abductions.

Photo Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.