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Abandoned Boat Baffles Scientists for 70 Years

Bouvet Island houses a mysterious abandoned lifeboat that has baffled scientists for the past 70 years.

How did a lifeboat end up in the middle of the most isolated and impossible to reach places on earth: an island 1,000 miles not only from the nearest landmass but also even the nearest ship route?

Bouvet Island is in the middle of nowhere in the South Atlantic ocean. Look at a map and draw a circle with a radius of 1,000 miles and Bouvet Island in the center of it. The circle will not touch any other landmass.

The sea around Bouvet Island is fierce with storms nearly all days of the year. The southern ocean is one of the most violent and unforgiving places on Earth making it difficult to even get near this isolated island.

In fact, its hard to even find the place! Older maps show it at a location nearly 300 miles from where it really is due to lack of reference points to go by. To add to this, the visibility around the island is basically zero.



To add to that, nearly every side of Bouvet Island is a steep 90 foot cliff – making it nearly impossible to land a boat. In fact, the explorer to find this mysterious abandoned boat got onto the island by helicopter.

There is no vegetation on the island. The temperater is always zero degrees or below and storms rage the place more than 300 days a year.

No trade routes even get within 1000 miles of the island. No known ships ever crashed or sank nearby.

This all alludes to the question: why is there a row boat in the center of a lagoon in the island…with no markings…with two small oars…and no evidence of any humans being nearby?

This strange boat is basically impossible. Who put it there and how did they ever even get it there?

Video credit to Strange Mysteries YouTube channel