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ST. PAUL’S SHIPWRECK, MALTA: S. Pauls Bay. Zoom



ST. PAUL’S SHIPWRECK, MALTA: S. Pauls Bay.

 


An unusual small early 19th century manuscript map with annotations shows the alleged location of St. Paul’s shipwreck, discussed in Acts of the Saints. 


Author: W. I. COLE (William John Cole?).
Place and Year: [England, circa 1820-1830].
Technique: Ink and watercolour drawing (Very Good, margins slightly age-toned with tiny tears) 20 x 28,5 cm (7.9 x 10.8 inches)
Code: 65418

An interesting small format manuscript map, shows St. Paul’s Bay (San Pawl il-Baħar) in the Northern region of Malta, with pointed directions of the shipwreck of St. Paul. The author described the terrain with interpretation of the texts from Acts of Saints 27:14 and 27:41:

Euroclydon or N. E. wind which blew when S. Paul was drifted into S. Pauls Bay.

Acts 27. 14.

(i.e. But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.)

and

The Sea rushing in from the N.E. strikes against the outer point of a small island which causes it to divide, and meet again at the inner points in a small bay, where any Seamen would run his ship if in distress, and unable to get off the Sand.

Acts 27. 41.

(i.e. And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.)

St. Paul's ship allegedly crushed in a bay of the island of Malta, after being carried there by ocean currents. The search of the shipwreck is one of the great enduring quests of Biblical archaeology.

€750.00