In my first book Into the Bermuda Triangle (2003 McGraw-Hill) I introduced the theory of rogue waves as follows:
“The oceans of the world are always in motion, but the unpredictability of this movement is more true in the Triangle than anywhere else. Dr. Hans Grabber, of the University of Miami extension on Key Biscayne, is the world’s foremost authority on rogue waves. “Rogue Wave” is rather self-explanatory: it doesn’t travel with the pack, it is volatile and its actions are unpredictable. Dr. Grabber’s studies have lead him to be able to predict where rogue waves are most likely to strike. Among the most probable areas are those near strong currents, like the Gulf Stream, and on the leeward side of islands, of which the Bermuda Triangle can boast thousands (the Bahamas are comprised of 700 islands on their own). As an example of their volatility, he notes that in 1994 a huge rogue wave slammed into Daytona Beach, Florida, on what was an otherwise calm and perfect day weather-wise. Other examples of rogue waves involve the Bahamian cruise ship Europa which in November 1999 was slammed abeam. These rogue waves have been noted to attain heights in excess of 100 feet, as seen in the case of the Dutch passenger liner Rotterdamn which was hit by one back in 1977.”
This paragraph above contained in Into the Bermuda Triangle (2003 McGraw-Hill) was basically more than enough attention given to the subject. In addition to this, and indeed coming years before it, was a page on my original Bermuda Triangle website on the disappearance of the s.s. Poet in 1980 in which the US Coast Guard speculated that rogue wave might have hit the vessel abeam and sent her keelover.
They had reason, for all the evidence indicated that Poet vanished north of Bermuda on October 26, 1980, around this time the ketch Wandering Angus was capsized by a rogue wave that came from nowhere. However, Bart Dunbar, the skipper survived to tell the tale. By comparison the huge (520-foot) grain ship vanished.
Rogue Waves would tend to exist in the area of the Gulf Stream where the warm stream collides with the colder climates of the Atlantic off North Carolina. In the Marine Board of Investigation report on the Poet’s disappearance, the US Coast Guard explains the North Wall Phenomenon.
“The North Wall phenomenon is one of rapidly increasing wind and seas in the area of the northern boundary of the Gulf Stream where the sea surface temperatures can change dramatically. In such a region of large surface temperature contrast, a potential for damaging and volatile weather frequently exists. When cold air flows over this narrow zone of warm water, the air is rapidly warmed and rises. The rising air displaces the heavier, colder air aloft which descends generating strong, gusty winds at the surface.”
Illustration of s.s. Poet from Into the Bermuda Triangle (2003, McGraw-Hill)
The theory of “rogue waves” is an old one, and it may apply to only a few cases of boats sailing in susceptible waters. But for those to claim “scientists” have solved the Bermuda Triangle mystery with the theory is pure clickbait. It is the product of skimming my old book and taking only one theory out of many. As the word “disappearance” implies, there is no evidence. No one can investigate a disappearance; only the circumstances surrounding a disappearance. No “scientist” could possibly have been involved in the egregious clickbait claims. There is no evidence for “rogue waves” except in a few cases where the crew survived to tell of it.
Investigating the circumstances of hundreds of disappearances in the Triangle opens the door on a number of disturbing theories. There is no single solution.
Boats and ships of all sizes vanish all over the area of the Triangle, many over shallow water, and leave no trace to suggest anything but mystery. That is why the Bermuda Triangle has its reputation to this day.
I longed for the time when I might distance my name from the Triangle, but had I not removed my original website a few years ago to place only a sample on Q Files perhaps I could have prevented this absolute rubbish from getting out there.
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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.