This book, narrating the discovery of an ancient lead anchor stock embossed with the names of the Egyptian gods ISIS and SARAPI(S) in the seabed off Salina Bay on a Sunday morning in April, 2005, is also the story of the search for the real site of St Paul’s shipwreck in Malta. In the process the author surprises us with a novelistic but accurate account of the storm, shipwreck and landing of St Paul in Malta, as set out in chapters 27 and 28 of the Acts of the Apostles.
But Mark Gatt’s own investigations on the site of Apostle Paul’s shipwreck is also his own quest for the spiritual message of salvation in St Paul’s life and teaching embodied in the real ‘anchor’ of Christ Jesus.
Mark is a man on a mission. His PAVLVS The Shipwreck 60 AD is the result of a wondrous underwater discovery while scuba diving just off Qawra Point – the remains of a huge Roman-period lead anchor stock embossed with the names of the Egyptian gods ISIS and SARAPI(S). He has been scuba diving for the past 30 years and has been an active volunteer in Civil Protection for the same number of years. For most of this time, Mark was commanding and coordinating a group of rescue divers and was involved in many underwater search and recovery operations for missing persons at sea.
Thirty years after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Paul the Apostle and 275 men astonishingly survive their ship being wrecked in a violent storm on their journey to Rome. The exact location of this shipwreck, although described at length in the Acts of the Apostles, has been argued over for centuries and remains a mystery to this day,
or does it…