A Roman soldier named Julius is charged with taking the apostle Paul, as a prisoner, to Rome for trial. They first take a ship from Caesarea to Sidon, where Paul's guard allows him to see friends in the city.
2. And after boarding a ship of Adramyttium that was about to pass by the coasts of Asia, we set sail . . . we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly, allowing him to go to his friends to refresh himself. 4. Now after setting sail from there, we sailed below Cyprus because the winds were contrary. 5. And after sailing across the sea by Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to the city of Myra in Lycia. 6. And when the centurion found there a ship of Alexandria sailing to Italy, he put us on board. 7. And after many days of slow sailing, and having great difficulty passing by Cnidus, for the wind hindered us, we sailed below Crete near to Salmone;
Due to bad weather, Paul's ship stops at the port city of Salmone on the far eastern side of the Island of Crete. The time of year they are sailing in is after the holy day known as the Day of Atonement ('the annual fast day'), which would be late September or early October. Although Paul warns those on the ship that it would be too dangerous to sail during this time of year, they still decide to take their chances and sail anyway.
12. And since the port was ill adapted to winter in, the majority also advised to set sail from there, if by any means they might be able to reach Phoenice to winter in this port of Crete, which lies toward the southwest and toward the northwest. 13. And when a south wind was gently blowing . . . and after weighing anchor, they sailed close to Crete. 14. But not long after, there came a tempestuous wind called Euroclydon.