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Missing Bermuda Triangle Shipwreck Found A Century After It Disappeared

Missing Bermuda Triangle Shipwreck Found A Century After It Disappeared

A ship that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle almost 100 years ago has been located by explorers.

The SS Cotopaxi went missing on its ill-fated journey in 1925 - it set sail for Cuba from South Carolina, US, before going off track.

None of the 32 people on board were ever seen again, with the disappearance going on to become one of the most infamous of all the mysterious stories associated with the legend of the Bermuda Triangle.

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Many boats and planes have been said to have gone missing in the region, with no explanation as to how.

But underwater explorers now claim to have the wreckage of the Cotopaxi, just 35 miles (65 kilometres) out to sea.

Lying just south of St. Augustine, the ship was discovered by marine biologist and underwater explorer Michael Barnette, who looked into the records of the ship at an insurance brokers in London.

SS Cotopaxi. Credit: YouTube/Mysterious World
SS Cotopaxi. Credit: YouTube/Mysterious World
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He noticed that the Cotopaxi had actually sent out distress signals just two days after it had set sail from Charleston, in South Carolina.

A shipwreck that was known locally as the 'Bear Wreck' was discovered in the location from where the boat had sent the wireless distress signals.

Working with another diver, named Al Perkins, the pair, along with experts form the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, they eventually found out that the Bear Wreck was in fact the Cotopaxi.

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The ship was on its way to deliver coal to Havana in Cuba when it sank.

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Speaking to Newsweek, Barnette said: "The Cotopaxi was employed in the coal trade and so this was just another trip at the end of November of 1925.

"We know that on that voyage something happened because she delivered a mayday message saying she's in distress.

"And then that was it. They never found any wreckage. They never found any lifeboats, bodies or anything. So we've been trying to determine what happened."

Credit: Science Channel
Credit: Science Channel
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The discovery will be shown on the first episode of Shipwreck Secrets, which airs on the Science Channel on 9 February.

The Bermuda Triangle is one of those age-old mysteries, kind of like the Loch Ness Monster or whether the moon landing is all a big con, but scientists think they have finally made some progress with it.

The 500,000-square-kilometre area in the North Atlantic Ocean has been blamed for the loss of at least 75 planes and hundreds of ships, and until now it was never known why.

But, according to The Mirror, scientists think that hexagonal clouds that create 170mph 'wind air bombs' are to blame. Apparently, these 'bombs' are powerful enough to flip over ships and cause planes to fall from the sky.

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Well, that's that sorted then.

Featured Image Credit: Mysterious World/Science Channel

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Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]