This is St Paul’s Islet in St Paul’s Bay, Malta, and it’s where the saint is believed to have been shipwrecked c 60 AD. The only writing we have of St Paul’s shipwreck is the account of St Luke who was accompanying him to Rome. The following is part of this narrative as documented in the Acts of The Apostles:‘Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to run the ship ashore. So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders. Then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach. But striking a reef, they ran the vessel aground. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf. The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape. But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.’ (Acts 27:38-44) ‘After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold.’ (Acts 28:1-3)
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