The Cuban Coast Guard disclosed that they had caught a ship that was not manned heading for Cuba, and the ship is presumed to be the SS Cotopaxi, a tramp steamer that was disappearing in December 1925 and has since been associated with the story of the Bermuda Triangle.
The first time the Cuban authorities saw the ship was on May 16 close to a confined military zone west of Havana.
They tried to communicate with the ship’s crew but failed, so they sent three patrol boats to seize it.
When they reached the ship, there were no people on it, and it appeared to have been abandoned for many years, which suggested that this might be the tramp freighter that went missing in 1925.
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THE CUBAN AUTHORITIES SPOTTED THE SHIP FOR THE FIRST TIME ON MAY 16
During an in-depth search of the ship, the captain’s logbook was found. It was associated with the Clinchfield Navigation Company, who were the owners of the SS Cotopaxi, but nothing was found about what happened to the ship during the last 90 years.
A Cuban expert named Rodolfo Salvador Cruz says that the captain’s logbook is the original logbook. It had a lot of information about the life of the crew before the ship went missing but the entries in the logbook ended abruptly on December 1, 1925.
The SS Cotopaxi left Charleston, South Carolina on November 29, 1925, and was sailing toward Havana, Cuba. There were 32 men on board the ship, under the authority of Captain W. J. Meyer and its cargo was 2340 tons of coal.
Two days later, the ship was reported missing, and nobody heard anything more about it for almost ninety years.
General Abalardo Colome, the Vice President of the Council of Ministers, declared that the Cuban authorities were going to do a complete investigation to find out the mystery of the ship’s disappearance and sudden reappearance, to ensure that an event like this does not happen again.
SHIP REAPPEARS CLOSE TO MILITARY ZONE AFTER 90 YEARS MISSING
Specialists in Cuba found the ship May 16, west of Havana, very close to a military zone that is limited. The team who came across the ship tried unsuccessfully to raise anyone onboard the ship and then ordered three vessels to watch over it and block it.
They then realized that the ship was the streamer, more than 100 years old when they came across the name Cotopaxi.
The ship was empty and on closer inspection, it was found to have been empty for quite some time.
They have now come to the conclusion that it is the SS. Cotopaxi that was said to have vanished in the Bermuda Triangle in 1925.
A comprehensive inquiry was made of the ship to find the logbook of the chief, and it was found that it was related to the Clinchfield Navigation Company.
The owners of the ship did not have any idea what had happened to the ship over the years that it was missing.
Rodolfo Salvador Cruz, the Cuban master, said that he believes that the logbook of the chief found on the ship is credible. The report contains data that is valuable about the life of the crew members of the ship before it vanished.
However, on December 1, 1925, the entries in the log book come to a stop. The SS. Cotopaxi had set sail from Charleston in South Carolina on 29 November 1925 to make its way to Havana in Cuba.
32 men were aboard the ship, which was under the eye of Captain W. J. Meyer and the ship was carrying 2340 tons of coal. The ship went missing after no contact for two days and it remained so for almost 90 years.
CUBA IS LEADING AN INVESTIGATION INTO SHIPS DISAPPEARANCE
General Abelardo Colome, the Vice President of the Council of Ministers, said that experts in Cuba would lead an examination that was intensive to try to explain the vanishing of the ship for 90 years and now its mysterious return. He went on to say that it is critical that they find out what happened to the ship as episodes such as that could be bad for the economy of Cuba.
He said that they needed to make sure that ships do not vanish and that they wanted to try to work out the riddle behind the Bermuda Triangle for once and for all.
The Bermuda Triangle is said to cover the sea between Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico and many ships and planes are said to have vanished in the location under conditions which have been puzzling.
Throughout time people have attributed the disappearance of ships to the paranormal or to extra-terrestrial happenings. Some have even linked the disappearance of ships to the lost land of Atlantis.
There has been a great deal of speculation about what has happened to the ships and planes that disappeared and researchers believe that there is no such thing as the Bermuda Triangle and instead the disappearances have been put down to human error.
The return of the SS Cotopaxi after 90 years of absence has stirred up a great deal of enthusiasm among researchers and its reappearance after such a long time could have some specialists changing their opinion about the Bermuda Triangle.