THE Bermuda Triangle is an area bounded by an imaginary line drawn from Florida to Bermuda and back to Puerto Rico.
The tales of lost ships and strange occurrences go right back to the days of Columbus, who reported seeing a ball of fire in the sky, while pirates referred to islands in the area as the "Devils' Islands".
The Marie Celeste may have been one of the first victims of the Bermuda Triangle, in 1872, when it was found floating 400 miles from its intended course, minus its crew and the lifeboat.
In December 1945 the myth took on a new life when Flight 19 - five US Navy Avenger bombers - disappeared during a training flight, as did the rescue plane sent out to find them. Six aircraft and 27 men disappeared without trace. The planes have never been found.
The likely explanation is that the inexperienced crew mistakenly headed out to sea, and the rescue plane blew up shortly after take off.