SHIPWRECK! “ Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘ Do not be afraid, Paul…. God has graciously given you the live of all who sail with you.’ So keep up our courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.” (Acts 27: 23-25)
The Facts, Please! Because boats in ancient days were not very sturdy, sailing was always dangerous. At first, the sailing was done only on rivers. Finally, some sailors ventured into the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea. The Phoenicians were the first to develop trade along the shores of the Mediterranean. In Greek and Roman times, larger and better vessels were built, and shipping was extended even farther.
The Facts, Please! Early boats were made of fir, pine, or cedar boards over a hardwood frame, Ropes, cables, or chains (called “ helps” in the King James Version) were usually kept on board to strengthen the hull in a storm. They were passed around the hull and tightened with wooden levers.
The Facts, Please! The ship on which Paul sailed was a cargo vessel that carried grain. It had a huge mast with a large, square sail. There was a small sail, called a “foresail”, that could be hoisted instead of the larger one in stormy weather. Four anchors were carried on the stern (the rear end), and two of more were on the prow (the front end). A small rowboat, for use when the ship was in harbor, was towed behind the big ship. In a storm it was kept on board. Navigation (plotting the ship’s course) was done by looking at the position of the sun or stars.
Phoenician Cargo Ship Not exactly the same as the boat Paul was on, but it has the large square sail like his did.
Bible Story: Abandon Ship! Acts 27
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