Monday, July 24, 2017

The Witchcraft On Monday Mystery...!

As we all know by now, the disappearance of watercraft on the ocean is not uncommon. To disappear this close to land, however, is a different story altogether. Here is the story of one such mystery.

The Witchcraft

In December 1967, Miami hotel owner Dan Burack decided to view the city’s Christmas lights from his luxury cabin cruiser, the Witchcraft. Accompanied by Father Patrick Hogan, he sailed about a mile out to sea. The boat was in good working order when the two men left.

At about 9:00 PM, Burack radioed to request a tow back to the marina, reporting that his boat had struck an unknown object. Despite the incident, Burack didn’t sound worried at all—after all, he’d personally built Witchcraft with a special hull to keep her from sinking. He confirmed his location with the Coast Guard and assured them he would fire a flare when they arrived in the area.

It only took the Coast Guard about 20 minutes to reach Burack’s reported location, but by the time they arrived, the Witchcraft had vanished. Although initially unconcerned, the Coast Guard eventually searched more than 3,100 kilometers (1,200 mi) of ocean. But Dan Burack, Father Patrick Hogan, and the Witchcraft were never found.

Now this is a worthy mystery to say the least. To vanish this close to land, and to not be found after such an expanded search, is strange. Can't help but imagine what could have happened, ya know?

Coffee in the kitchen again this morning.


Momlady said...

Maybe the Kraken (sp?) got them.

linda m said...

The "Fog" from the Bermuda Triangle got them.

HermitJim said...

Hey Momlady...
Could be...could be!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Linda...
Now that's a scary thought!
Thanks for coming over today!

JO said...

Well you sure picked a good one for Mystery Monday. Who knows what happened.

I had lost Internet due to the bad storm yesterday so I guess I'm to late for coffee with everyone. If we don't have another storm maybe I'll make it tomorrow.

Gorges Smythe said...

Maybe he should have named the boat "The Ark," rather than tempt "fate."