Map - Jerusalem to Rome
August AD59 - February AD60
Paul's trip as a prisoner is shown in this map [a map of the Mediterranean].
Maps of two of Paul's journeys plus one later on are shown here.
Now after the Fast in the reading below means after the Day of Atonement which implies winter and strong winds are approaching.
Paul Sails for Rome and prison
27 When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment. 2 We boarded a ship from Adramyttium about to sail for ports along the coast of the province of Asia, and we put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us.
3 The next day we landed at Sidon; and Julius, in kindness to Paul, allowed him to go to his friends so they might provide for his needs. 4 From there we put out to sea again and passed to the lee of Cyprus because the winds were against us. 5 When we had sailed across the open sea off the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia. 6 There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy and put us on board. 7 We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. When the wind did not allow us to hold our course, we sailed to the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone. 8 We moved along the coast with difficulty and came to a place called Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea.
9 Much time had been lost, and sailing had already
become dangerous because by now it was after the Fast. So Paul warned
them, 10 "Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be
disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives
also." 11 But the centurion, instead of listening to what
Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the
ship. 12 Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the
majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and
winter there. This was a harbor in Crete, facing both southwest and
After the Fast e.g. the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) September-October late Autumn. Equinox winds about September 21st.
read: Acts 27:13-44 about the storm and the ship wreck.
After the Fast e.g. the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) September-October late, with the Equinox 21 September and the associated storm winds that come at this time.
The storm blew them into a bay in the south eastern corner of Malta, which has a beach and a reef where two seas meet in rough weather.