Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Miroslav, February 1886.

The "243-foot Austrian clipper Miroslav bound for Fiume, Italy, from Delaware via the Bahamas… disappeared in February 1886." (Quasar, p. 57.)

Fiume actually was part of Austria-Hungary at that time; today it's Rijeka in Croatia. As for the Miroslav, possibly she vanished in the notorious Bermuda Triangle, or (as only a small part of her course was in the Bermuda Triangle) possibly she vanished in the notorious Rijeka Triangle, or possibly she never vanished at all.

The Young America was built by William H. Webb of New York. She was launched in 1853, at the height of the clipper construction boom. She sailed in the California trade, on transatlantic routes, and made voyages to Australia and the Far East.

In 1883, the Young America was sold to an Austrian by the name of Austman, renamed Miroslav, and used in the transatlantic case oil trade.

"1886 February 17. Passed the Delaware Breakwater outward bound from Philadelphia for Fiume under command of Captain Vlassich and was never heard of again. The cargo consisted of 407.306 gallons of crude oil in 9700 barrels at a total value of $26.965."

Another source states that "the Young America was last seen lying off Gibraltar as a coal hulk."

Well, if nothing else, a case involving a name like Miroslav at least adds a Dracula dimension to the Bermuda Triangle. Like the Demeter from Varna. Maybe the Miroslav didn't vanish in the notorious Rijeka Triangle, but in the notorious Transylvania Triangle. Maybe Dracula was on board and drank the crew. Cheers.

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