Researchers Say They Have Identified the Anchor Belonging to St Paul’s Shipwreck Near Malta

Paul is shipwrecked on Malta, engraving by Gustave Dore (1832-1883), from The Holy Scriptures containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated from The Latin Vulgate by Antonio Martini (1721-1809), with friezes by Enrico Giacomelli, Acts of the Apostles 27, Volume 2, 1869-1870 edition. (De Agostini Editorial/Getty)

Researchers claim to have identified an anchor from St. Paul’s shipwreck on the island of Malta.

According to Christian tradition, the apostle was shipwrecked on the Mediterranean island during an ill-fated first-century journey to Rome.

“The ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf,” according to the Acts of the Apostles. “Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta.”

Acts also notes that four anchors were dropped from the ship and subsequently cut loose, enabling the ship to run aground.

The Bible Archaeology Search and Exploration (BASE) Institute believes that it has identified evidence of the shipwreck, which occurred around 60 A.D.

In a post on the organization’s website, BASE says that four ancient anchors were recovered by local divers, adding that only one of the anchors has been preserved. “The fourth anchor was preserved as part of a deceased diver’s legacy to his widow,” BASE writes. The organization, which is led by Bob Cornuke, also believes that the shipwreck happened in St. Thomas Bay on Malta’s southern coast, as opposed to in what is now known as St. Paul’s Bay in the north of the island.

“In Acts 27, Luke narrates the story of Paul traveling to Rome on a large Alexandrian grain freighter.  This ship endured one of the worst storms in history, eventually shipwrecking off the coast of Malta,” explained Cornuke, in an email to Fox News. “Luke’s amazing details include everything from the vessel’s nautical headings, the type of storm, the ship’s direction of drift, geographical landmarks on Malta, reef configurations, and even the depths of the seafloor.  Every detail, including how every man on board, including Paul, survived is mentioned.”

Citing maritime charts and the Biblical description of the area where the ship ran aground, BASE believes that St. Thomas Bay “has all the earmarks of a prime suspect,” with regard to the wreck’s location.

Cornuke added that, after calculating the only spot on Malta which matched the Biblical description, BASE verified the course of the ship’s drift using a sophisticated computer system that is typically harnessed for search and rescue operations in the waters around Malta. “The end results of that computer program matched the course of drift as the Bible describes and revealed that the ship of Paul would have impacted on the southeast coast of Malta,” he told Fox News. “The only bay, which matched all the criteria in scripture and computer findings, was St. Thomas Bay.”

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