Bouvet Island is a 19 square mile piece of land in the South Atlantic which is covered in glacial ice – it is completely uninhabited for obvious reasons.
The island is known to be the most remote island on the planet – the closest land is an area of Antarctica called Queen Maud Land, which is nearly 1000 miles away!
Bouvet Island was discovered by a Norwegian explorer named Jean Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier (that’s quite a name isn’t it?) in 1739.
In 1929 it actually became a territory of Norway.
There is no vegetation on this island and the only building standing is a automated weather monitoring station which was built in 1977….
1964 – The Bouvet Island Boat Mystery
In the 1950’s the South African government was working on the island in an attempt to locate flat lands for a future manned station.
Initial reports suggested that the terraform of the island was all wrong – so they stopped their investigation until April of 1964.
They were returning to finish their study of the newer parts of the island which had grown in their absence…and they stumbled upon something very strange…
They discovered a boat and two oars in an island lagoon with no identifying markings. There were signs that humans had once been on board, but there was no sign of their bodies.
This boat was found over a thousand miles from civilization – how had the occupants managed to get this far with nothing more than two oars?
What eventually became of the unlucky crew? Who were they? Where did they come from?
A London historian named Mike Dash took an in-depth look at the mysterious incident but came away with nothing even approaching a concrete answer.
The question still remains over half a century later – how did this boat get there?
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