The Bermuda Triangle is a loosely-defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, where a number of aircraft and vessels are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. However, it may not be the only of its kind. The Devil’s Sea, also known as the Dragon’s Triangle, is a region of the Pacific Ocean, near Japan, which has hundreds of its own paranormal tales.
In 1980, the unforgiving waters claimed a huge British ship – The Derbyshire – after it left Quebec, Canada, and headed towards Japan.
The British vessel, was around 230 miles from Okinawa, Japan, when it mysteriously vanished, it was revealed on Amazon Prime’s “The Devil’s Sea” documentary.
The 2003 documentary revealed: “On September 9, 1980, carrying 150,000 tonnes of iron ore off the coast of Japan, the Derbyshire and her entire crew disappeared.
“It was the largest British ship lost at sea and no one can explain why.“
The ship was only four years old and never issued a Mayday distress message during the incident.
It wasn’t until 14 years later, in June 1994, the wreck of the Derbyshire was found at a depth of 4km, spread over 1.3km.
An additional expedition spent over 40 days photographing and examining the debris field looking for evidence of what sank the ship.
It was decided the most likely theory was the waves crashing over the front of the ship had sheared off the covers of small ventilation pipes near the bow.
Over the next 30 hours, seawater had potentially entered through the exposed pipes into the forward section of the ship, causing the bow to slowly ride lower and lower in the water.
Eventually, the bow may have been completely exposed to the full force of the rough waves which caused the hatch on the first cargo hold to buckle inward allowing hundreds of tonnes of water to enter.
As the ship started to sink, the second, then third hatches could have failed, dragging the ship underwater.