Treasure hunt adventures and the unresolved mysteries of the sea, these are the two areas that fascinate me a lot. I love reading about them whenever I have time. They fire up my imagination and give me something to think about. There are many mysteries since the longest of times that have piqued my interest.
The MH370 search will end soon. Recently it was announced that unless new evidence that points its location is discovered, the search will end. The media even said that with time most people will forget about it and it will be a cold case and it will go down in the history books as the greatest unsolved mystery ever. But personally, I will never be able to forget it. And that’s not just because of my sadness at the families not getting a closure, but it is also because I am deeply fascinated by the unresolved mysteries of the seas.
Having grown up on the gripping novels by Clive Cussler, the unsolved marine mysteries are an area of interest for me. I am so deeply interested in getting to know how a particular shipwreck happened and how it was discovered. Cussler’s most famous novel was about the Titanic, called, “Raise the Titanic”. The protagonist, Dirk Pitt raises the wreck of Titanic for finding something that got buried under water on that fateful night in April in 1912. After the discovery of the wreck in the 1980s, and while there being no mystery to the sinking since the very beginning, everyone knows what happened to it, and it still fires up our imagination and still stokes the embers of shipwreck enthusiasts. Sadly, RMS Carpathia, which was the first ship to respond to the SOS of Titanic and the first one that came to the rescue of the many survivors, sank in 1918 as it was torpedoed by a U-55, a German submarine.
Cussler went onto write about many real and fictional shipwrecks in his many novels; he usually writes about such ancient shipwreck incidents and ties them up to the story set in modern times. He also ties in a lot of science into the mixture. His novels are an amalgamation of history, science, mysteries, treasure hunts, action and adventure. They are very fast paced and they can leave you breathless. That is what made me so fascinated about such unresolved mysteries.
MH370 is really a huge mystery. So many theories have been floating around. Though the investigators are now almost sure that the pilot deliberately crashed it in the ocean according to the simulator data found at his home. There are some absolutely crazy and unbelievably ridiculous theories like alien abduction or maybe the plane has landed on a remote island, just like the TV show Lost. But the most likely theories are that either there was a hijacking and it glided till the fuel got over, or the pilot crashed it. Basically human intervention is the only explanation so far that makes sense. But it’s not a complete picture. I really don’t know what to believe. So much debris has been found at various places like, Reunion Island, Mauritius, Tanzania and Madagascar; but no clue where the wreckage is and what happened to the people.
Though what really makes me sad is the fact that in spite of all the modern technology at our disposal, the plane could disappear and potentially might never be found. It’s scary, how planes can still just vanish into thin air like that. And what’s more, the investigation is completely botched up. I cannot imagine what the families must be going through. I cannot fathom the possibility of this going down as a cold case in the history books; I really hope they find it soon.
There is a very famous picture of an island in Greece called Zakynthos, on a cove of beach Navagio; where there is a small ship wreck right on the beach.
The story goes that MV Panagiotis was smuggling contraband in 1980 and after being chased by the Greek Navy, it ran aground on the beach where the crew abandoned it. But no one knows if the story is genuine or not. I am so fascinated with this place that I want to visit it someday just to see the shipwreck. Of course the island itself is really beautiful, but the shipwreck will be the top most in my itinerary.
Another thing that fascinates me is the Bermuda Triangle; First point being Florida, the second one being the Bermuda islands and the third point being Puerto Rico, forming a triangle in the Atlantic Ocean.
This area has gained notoriety over the years because of the disappearance of countless ships and planes crossing the area. Officially it does not exist, but the theories have never really died out. Many attribute this to alien abductions or supernatural phenomena. Recently I had read that probably the reason why there are so many disappearances there is that the magnetic field there messes up with the instrumentation and they go haywire. Though it does not explain why there have been instances of derelict ships just floating about without the crew. There is no sound theory about why the crew would disappear if the ship is still afloat.
There are many shipwrecks lying under Lake Erie in Pennsylvania, it makes for a fascinating visit someday.
Another mystery that has yet not been solved is Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. She was the first female aviator to fly a solo transatlantic trip. While circumnavigating the globe in 1937, along with Fred Noonan as the second navigator, her plane mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. It is still not known what happened to her. The most common theories are that either her plane crashed and sank, or they landed at an atoll which is now known as Kiribati Islands, or maybe she was captured by the Japanese. There was even a theory that she actually survived and lived up to a ripe old age, but it could never be proven.
I really hope someday, some adventurer solves these mysteries, so that we can get to know what really happened. Humans are a very curious lot and I don’t think we could ever rest leaving the mysteries of the seas just like that. Though there is also this romanticized notion of some mysteries remaining unsolved; but people like me would always want to know.
At least in case of MH370, it should be found for the sake of the families of the victims, as they need closure. And we also need the data to perhaps try to prevent such tragedies in future.
There was a time when I used to imagine myself as someone like Dirk Pitt who unravels these mysteries; it just gives me major goose bumps. And being a part of a narrative that ties so close to the some of the most mind boggling historic mysteries is truly fascinating.