Ship that vanished almost 100 years ago with 32 people aboard found

Ship that vanished almost 100 years ago with 32 people aboard found

- In 1925, a merchant steam-powered ship left Charlston S.C. for Havana, Cuba with 32 passengers

- The vessel disappeared in the Bermuda Trinagle and the bodies of the passengers were never recovered

- Over 35 years ago, another wreckage was found, which was named Bear Wreck

- Archaeologists went through the ship's records and realised the missing ship was the one identified as the Bear Wreck

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A merchant ship that vanished in the Bermuda Triangle in 1925 has been found.

The steam-powered SS Cotopaxi went missing on 29 November, 1925, after it left Charleston, S.C. for Havana, Cuba with 32 passengers.

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Ship that mysteriously vanished 100 years ago with 32 people aboard found

Cotopaxi left Charleston, South Carolina, on November 29, 1925 and went missing two days later never to be found. Photo: Fox News
Source: UGC

The ship never reached its destination and none of the bodies of the passengers were ever found, Fox News reported.

The wreckage was located about 35 nautical miles off the coast of St Augustine, Florida by a group of underwater explorers and maritime archaeologists.

In a statement issued by a new Science Channel Series, marine biologist and underwater explorer Michael Barnette contacted British historian Guy Walters to help find the mysterious ship.

Ship that mysteriously vanished 100 years ago with 32 people aboard found

A marine biologist and underwater explorer when they located the ship that went missing 100 years ago. Photo: Fox News
Source: UGC

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Walters combed through the records at the archives of Lloyd’s of London, who were the insurers of the vessel.

"There he discovered something previously unknown about the SS Cotopaxi’s voyage. The ship had sent out wireless distress signals with a position on December 1st, 1925, two days after it left Charleston,” read the statement.

Another ship that had been discovered at that position 35 years ago which was called the Bear Wreck.

Upon further scrutiny , the researchers realised that the Bear Wreck was actually the Cotopaxi.

Ship that mysteriously vanished 100 years ago with 32 people aboard found

Underwater archaeologist Michael Barnette measuring the wreck of the SS Cotopaxi. Photo: Fox News
Source: UGC

The doomed ship had been on a routine voyage to deliver coal to Havana, Cuba when it sunk.

The discovery will be featured in the first episode of Shipwreck Secrets, which airs on the Science Channel on 9 February.

The Bermuda Triangle stretches across a western part of the North Atlantic between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda.

The area, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, has claimed over 1 000 lives in the last 100 years.

At least 75 planes and hundreds of ships have gone missing in the Triangle without explanation.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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