Basso strait dividing Australia and the island of Tasmania and connecting the Indian Ocean with the Pacific
The Bass Strait is washed by the South Coast of Australia andis part of the Pacific and Indian oceans. It separates the mainland from the island of Tasmania and connects here with the waters of the Atlantic. 10,000 years ago, due to the rising ocean level and the flooding of part of Australia, a wide (240 km) strait formed, and the elevated section of the mainland became an island.
From the history of glorious discoveries
For the first time about. Tasmania was opened in 1642 by a small expedition led by the outstanding navigator of that time Abel Tasman. On two ships, "Zechan" and "Heemskerk", he went around the island from the south, but could not say with certainty whether this land is an island or part of the mainland. It was only 150 years later to finally clarify this issue.
Expedition of George Bass
At the beginning of 1797, the strait that entered Bassovthe British merchant ship Sidney Cove was wrecked. The surviving sailors along with the captain's aide passed through the strait on the rescue boat, reached the coast of Australia and again fell into a storm. Get to the port had to walk along the shore. Returning, exhausted sailors told everyone about the tragedy. Several convicts took advantage of this news and, having stolen the boat, fled across the strait, but the journey was too heavy. Several fugitives decided to return.
In Port Jackson they were met by George Bass. Hearing their history, the doctor was filled with great enthusiasm and made his own attempt to explore the southern coast of Australia. Taking the losers with him, he walked along the coast on his whaleboat and was convinced that to the south the open sea really stretches. But there is still no certainty that Tasmania on the world map is an island.
Colonization of Tasmania
In 1798, a specialexpedition to study the strait, led by the ship "Norfolk". His crew included the British hydrographer Matthew Flinders and the ship's doctor George Bass. Accompany the ship was a small private vessel, Nautilus, with a supply of drinking water and food on board. The trip was successful. Flinders compiled a map of the northern limits of Tasmania, unknown islands were discovered, and the strait received its name in honor of George Bass. The discovery of Fr. Tasmania by the Europeans led to the total destruction of the local population and the colonization of their territory. The first settlement of Europeans was founded in 1803, then a prison for convicts was built to use their slave labor in coal mines. This place was called hell on earth. But the times of great discoveries and great tragedies have sunk to oblivion.
A corner of paradise
Today the Bass Strait and Tasmania are onefrom the centers of world tourism and recreation. The unique nature, mild coastal subtropical climate and exotic historical places promise unforgettable impressions. The richest flora and fauna of the island includes species that are not found anywhere else in the world. Today about. Tasmania is a World Heritage site. On the territory of Launceston National Park there are two unique lakes. One is completely surrounded by mountains, and the other is filled with the purest glacial water. This lake is St. Clair, on its coast travelers are waiting for small cozy hotels.
Island Attractions and Strait in Australia
Tourists on Tasmania and the banks of the Bass Straitnot only hiking routes through national parks and reserves, but also interesting urban sites: the Royal Theater and the cobbled brewery in Hobart, the ruins of the convicts' settlement in Port Arthur, the 140-meter-high Gordon dam on the Gordon River.
The best hotels andbeaches. "Weinglass" is one of the 10 best beaches in the world. Near the shore, mountains of pink granite rise from the water directly from the water. They separate the bay from the rest of the ocean, protecting it from waves and storms.
In local markets, you can purchase originalsouvenirs and artifacts. The kitchen is replete with delicious dishes from rare seafood and fresh game. Guests will be offered smoked meats and local cheeses, local wines, elite beers, Tasmanian honey, juicy fruits.
In the waters of the Bass Strait sailing regattas are held. Fans of extreme sensations here check for strength their sails and their nerves. But in 1978 the Bass Strait acquired a completely different glory.
Frederick Valentich, flying on the "Cessna" abovethis area, suddenly disappeared without a trace along with the plane. The radio station that kept in touch with Valentich fixed the last words, uttered with horror in his voice: "Strange plane directly above me! And this is not a plane! "And all: only dark water - no signs, no trace ...
To investigate this case, they connectedexperts from NASA. After a thorough study of all the details, they came to the conclusion that the unfortunate person was a victim of a UFO. The mysterious disappearance of Valentich turned out to be not the only incident that can not be explained. Many mysterious facts were noted much earlier.
This has happened before
The first evidence of an inexplicable phenomenon waspublication in the Melbourne newspaper "Argus" in 1886. The note said that residents of the coastal areas noticed a giant cigar-shaped object hanging over the bay. Soon the "cigar" entered the water and disappeared from the field of view of the observers.
In July 1920, the Bass Strait disappeared without a tracesailing ship "Holy Amalia". An airplane flew out to look for her, who also did not return. The rescue expedition, which left Devonport, was not crowned with success.
The plane, which carried mail and passengers from Delhi to Hobart, disappeared without a trace over the strait in the autumn of 1934.
In early 1944, the first British pilotThe bomber reports that in the sky above the Bass Strait they were haunted by a UFO. As the object approached, the connection turned off, the devices refused. Then the object retired at an unusually high speed, all equipment restored its work, and the crew was able to continue the flight.
Anomalous phenomena in Bass Strait continueto happen in the 21st century. In the summer of 2004, the passengers of the pleasure boat saw in the strait a mist of pink color, emerging from the water. In 2005, the inhabitants of Melbourne appealed to the police, because they were frightened by the sudden appearance in the sky of a UFO ball-shaped large size. In early 2006, eyewitnesses reported a multi-colored "wheel" that swirled over the water in the strait.
Tourists and locals continue tothat they witnessed UFOs in the area of the island of Tasmania and the Bass Strait. Perhaps the terrifying disappearances give vent to their imagination. Or maybe all this is true, and do UFOs have their own goal, which is incomprehensible to the Earthmen? Pilots of aircraft and captains of ships are cautiously crossing the strait and are happy with the successful completion of their travels. But there is no guarantee that in this shrouded secret place no one will disappear.
All the events described are frightening and compel to recognize the strait zone and the islands of Tasmania on the world map anomalous. Many people call this place the Bass Triangle.
In addition to the anomalies studied by ufologists, BassovThe strait is also an object of geographical disputes, since the Australian authorities and ocean scientists are still unable to agree which part of the water area is the strait. The International Geographic Society does not very definitely classify the strait as part of the Pacific Ocean, but the hydrographic organization of Australia confidently states that the Bass Strait is part of the Tasman Sea, which the Australian authorities continue to call Australian.