Diver searches for St. Paul’s shipwreck

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (RNS) Even long before the times of Jesus and the Apostle Paul, Malta was the rocky knob at the western edge of the Roman Empire, the place where the leftovers of the Mediterranean Sea washed up and dug in. And Malta is the site of what Huntsville software salesman John Harkins believes will […]

  • Jacques

    A few years ago, I could read an article about the discovery of two big lead anchors, the kind which the Romans used, off the shores of Malta. Their situation and their orientation gave clues as if they belonged to the same ship which would have overthrown them in emergency to avoid her being driven and broken onto the coast during a storm.
    In the article some related this to St Paul’s ship wreckage.

  • bernadette

    “On Sunday morning, April 24, 2005, the very day of the solemn Inauguration Mass of the newly-elected Pope Benedict XVI, a diver made a stunning discovery offshore the coast of Malta.

    Mark Gatt is a rescue diver with 25 years of experience, working for the Department of Civil Protection of Malta.”

    It is believed that Mark Gatt found an anchor from the shipwreck of St. Paul

    “On February 17th, 2010, … Michael Hesemann, after investigating Mark Gatt’s finding, presented his report to Pope Benedict XVI. After listening carefully, the Pope was convinced: ‘This is indeed a sign of providence’.

    “On his request, the anchor was brought to St. Paul’s Grotto in Rabat, to be presented to the Holy Father in the evening of April 17, 2010.”

    source: joansrome blog EWTN.com

  • Malteser

    The spot on the map Mr. Harkins is pointing to is the bay that we (Maltese)traditionally think of as the spot of the shipwreck. It is called Saint Paul’s Bay and a rock of an island in the mouth of the bay has a large white statue of Saint Paul on it.
    The Maltese owe our Christian faith and traditions to Saint Paul. Christianity in Malta goes back to Saint Paul’s three month stay(or so we are told) on the island in AD 60. While in Malta, Saint Paul stayed in fortified town of Rabat, in a cave (today at the Cathedral of Saint Paul)as a guest of the Roman governor of the island, Publius.
    Recent searches for the wreck, including the find of the anchors, were on the southwest coast of Malta, across from Saint Paul’s Bay, I believe. But, best of luck in your search, Mr. Harkins. You will find many people willing to help you there.

  • I Believe

    May God bless you and keep you safe, and St. Paul guide you on your search Mr. Harkins.

  • John1140

    Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers