Sailing for Italy (pleon ei thn Italian). This was the opportunity for which Lysias had been looking. So he put (enebibasen, first aorist active of embibazw, to cause to enter. Cf. epibante in verse Matthew 2 ) prisoners and soldiers on board. This was a ship of Alexandria bound for Rome, a grain ship ( Matthew 38 ) out of its course because of the wind. Such grain ships usually carried passengers.